Month: October 2013

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Local Publishers Launch Their Fall Lineups

by Tracy Kyncl

I am a self-proclaimed bibliophile, as are probably most of the Puritan’s staff. October’s launches, however, demonstrated that even when we spend most of our time with our noses tucked in the spines of our favourite books, we also know how to kick back and enjoy a great night out. Over the last two weeks,

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Serious Heterosexual Guys for Literary Scholarship: Responding to David Gilmour

by Miriam Novick & Andrea Day

In response to David Gilmour’s now infamous Hazlitt interview, Miriam Novick and Andrea Day 0rganized “Serious Heterosexual Guys for Literary Scholarship”We have reprinted their opening speech from the event, along with an introduction from the authors. The Town Crier will continue discussing this and related issues in the weeks to come,

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Fear, Success, Momentum: A Conversation with Robin Richardson

by Madeline Lemire

Robin Richardson released her book of poetry Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis this September. Richardson has been shortlisted for CBC’s Canada Writes prize in poetry, and is awaiting further news. Puritan intern Madeline Lemire asked Richardson about this exciting time in her life, and how her work will evolve from here. 

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Author Notes: Mark Jordan Manner

by Mark Jordan Manner

Recent Puritan contributor Mark Jordan Manner answers some questions about his reading habits, what he’s been listening to, and his story, “When Life Gives You Doris,” in Issue XXII: Summer 2013 of The Puritan.

Town Crier: Does your story have an interesting origin story/compositional history you’d like to share?

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Polyvocality in the Market: Guernica Editions’ Fall 2013 Launch

by Tracy Kyncl

On Sunday, September 15th 2013 I attended Guernica Editions’ Fall Launch at Supermarket in Kensington. I’ve only ever been to Supermarket between the hours of 10 p.m. and 1, or 2 a.m., so it was a lovely surprise to see the venue just as packed as always, albeit with a slightly older crowd than usual.

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“Make it a Collaborative Enterprise:” Liz Howard on AvantGarden

by Jess Taylor

“I was thinking about all of the writers whose work I really loved, and I felt they weren’t being very well represented in the [existing] series and perhaps the community,” Liz Howard told me. This led Howard to start AvantGarden—which is focused mainly on sound-based, experimental, and feminist writers and performers—in May of 2010.

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Thankfully, The Puritan Dug It

by Nate Pillman

A few years ago, in the windowless room of a grad school workshop, I turned in the first draft of “Kyle’s Place,” a short story about two thirteen-year-old boys and their obsession with a college girl named Shannon. It was a rough piece, overly fragmented and full of implausible plot twists. It was also dark,