Month: September 2014

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Not Just Another Library

by Tracy Kyncl

Working in a bookstore has made me realize two important things about readers: people love to travel (even in the internet age, guidebooks are indispensable) and more people than I expected are part of book clubs. Seldom, however, do I hear of the two pastimes converging. People that are looking to participate in a club or a team with an aim to travel don’t often consider books to be the crux of adventure.

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Author Notes: Jonathan Bennett

by Tyler Willis

Author Jonathan Bennett discusses work in the medical field and how those experiences shaped his novel The Colonial Hotel, as well as his recent poem and interview in The Puritans summer issue. Catch him reading at Pivot on October 1st.

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The Frontenac House Quartet: Why I Am No Longer Afraid of Poetry

by Caryn Cathcart

Poetry, to me, is absurd. It takes the ordered, well-behaved language I know and love and breaks it down, bracketing it into an equation, something unruly and unfamiliar that must be unpacked, rearranged, and solved. I know this is meant to be the joy of poetry, but the task often seems like a trap. And so whenever I see verse,

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The EW Reading Series: You Will Not Be Asked Back

by Domenica Martinello

Four Toronto-based authors kicked off September’s edition of the Emerging Writer’s Reading Series with references to sentimental bears and professional wrestling. The reading, which takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at Duffy’s Tavern, was a nice primer for Toronto’s busy literary launch season, featuring a diverse selection of up-and-coming writers who give off the sense that they’re on the cusp of being more than a blip on the radar.

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Prize Books for the Thomas Morton Prize (Now Extended to Oct. 10!)

by The Puritan Editors

Prize Books

Now in its third year of operation, The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence (phew) has more to give than ever before.

In addition to receiving $1000, publication, and the seal of approval from our prestigious judges,

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The White Hand That Feeds

by André Forget

About a year ago, I was asked to help moderate a community conference in Halifax that had been organized to brainstorm ideas for Canada’s upcoming sesquicentennial in 2017.  I was a grad student, and they were paying a hundred bucks for a morning’s work and providing a free lunch; naturally, I agreed. Held at what can only be described as an unconscionably early hour on a Tuesday morning,

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Morissette: Broke and Precariously Housed

by Jason Freure

At first, I hated Guillaume Morissette’s writing. I didn’t like the way he flaunted sadness. I didn’t trust the way he put ironic distance between himself and his own anxiety with self-deprecating charts. His online presence soured my view of his poems and short stories. Despite all this, I decided to read New Tab (Véhicule Press) anyway,

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“A Lotta Prada”

by Tracy Kyncl

How do you “share a brainwave” or find yourself upon the “same wavelength” with someone else? Well, to start, you could be so syncopated in your thoughts and behaviours that you begin to echo each other’s  preconceptions of reality. Or, more likely, you’ve been so bombarded with the same image that you can’t help but adopt it into your worldview.

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Prose in Clothes

by Gavin Tomson

Writers don’t typically hold fashion in high esteem. Shakespeare dubbed fashion a “deformed thief.” The dandyish Oscar Wilde said, perhaps hypocritically, “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Some writers even dress poorly on purpose. Rivka Galchen, one of my favourites, once wore to a videotaped interview at Strand Bookstore an oversized navy blue T-shirt with a happy face on it.