Month: November 2014

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BLACK FRIDAY: A Year in Review on Nov. 28

by The Puritan

Black FridayLadies and gentlemen of Toronto, Ontario and Beyond,

You are cordially invited to The Puritan’s third-annual year-in-review celebration, an evening of literary libation that promises to close out the Fall Season with pageantry, gallantry, and revelry!

The Event:

Join the editors,

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Debunkering the Fortress of Solitude: Against Writing Alone

by Julienne Isaacs

Maybe every writer occasionally romanticizes isolation as a catchall remedy for clogged creativity valves.

This summer, bogged down with writer’s block, I removed myself from the city and escaped into the wilderness. Or, more correctly, into a cabin in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park, situated by a stark, lonely lake large enough to swallow a hundred Walden Ponds.

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Indie Literary Market: The Best in Small Press

by Jess Taylor

This Saturday marks the 2014 Indie Literary Market, put together by the Meet the Presses collective. The weekend after INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair–where local indie publishers competed with more big budget publishers while sequestered in pavilion corners only to spend the day Tweeting about it–indie and micropress publishers have a day for themselves!

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Play Chess, Write a Poem: Introducing the ChessBard

by E Martin Nolan

In 1968, John Cage and Marcel Duchamp played a chess match. Duchamp, by that time, was considered a chess master, and Cage was his student. Duchamp won handily—but that wasn’t the point. The match took place in front of a live audience at Ryerson University, and they played on a board designed by Lowell Cross to transform the moves of the match into a musical performance.

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“Vibrantly Different Everywhere”: Matthew R. Loney on the Western Traveller

by E Martin Nolan

Matthew R. Loney is a writer based in Toronto, Canada. As a graduate of the University of Toronto’s M.A. in Creative Writing program (2009) and avid traveler, he has combined these passions into a collection of short stories, That Savage Water.

E Martin Nolan: That Savage Water focuses around traveller-adventurers,

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A Warning to Toronto Writers: Networks Don’t Make Literature

by Julienne Isaacs

It doesn’t matter where you live: being human is difficult. The writer’s task is to transcribe the difficulty.

On a recent trip to Toronto, I was told half a dozen times by both strangers and friends that nothing would aid my career more than a move to that great Canadian literary Mecca. For a few days I waffled,

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“Goblin Lovers and Failures”: A Review of Bourbon & Eventide by Mike Spry

by Jason Freure

Mike Spry’s Bourbon & Eventide may be the saddest book of poetry to launch in Canada this year. With both wit and tenderness, this 56-page collection strings together tercets to tell the story of a relationship falling apart from the beginning. Bourbon & Eventide continues some of the same themes of obsession and disappointment tackled in Spry’s first book of poetry,