Month: December 2014

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Why I Don’t Like Blagrave’s Unlikeable Characters

by Tyler Willis

The characters in Mark Blagrave’s Salt in the Wounds don’t often like each other, and I see no reason to, either. They’re self-obsessed, a little snobby, sometimes creepy, and usually unlikeable. Unlikeable characters are no reason to dislike a work of fiction. Duddy Kravitz, after all, may be one of the biggest assholes in Canadian literature.

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“I Owe It To the Book”: Angie Abdou on Marketing and Self-Promotion

by Julienne Isaacs

Angie Abdou is the author of the short story collection Anything Boys Can Do (2006), the 2011 Canada Reads finalist, The Bone Cage (2007), The Canterbury Trail (2011) and, most recently, Between (2014).

Julienne Isaacs: You have been published with a variety of small presses—Thistledown,

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“Such a Fascinating Symbiotic Ecosystem”: An Interview with the Creators of ChessBard

by E Martin Nolan

This interview follows up on a post from last month about the digital poetry generator ChessBard. It was conducted over email.

E Martin Nolan: I suck at chess. But the poem I made by playing the ChessBard intrigues me. The first time I “poetified” the game, the poem ended with the line, 

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“Artists are Lepers”: Another Review of Polyamorous Love Song by Jacob Wren

by Domenica Martinello

On Monday, André Forget dissected Polyamorous Love Song by Jacob Wren. Today on The Town Crier, Domenica Martinello adds her opinion in our first ever double feature review.

The characters in Jacob Wren’s meta mash-up, Polyamorous Love Song don’t mince words when it comes to art and artists.

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When Filmmakers Don’t Make Movies: A Review of Jacob Wren’s Polyamorous Love Song

by André Forget

The credits have rolled, the lights have come on, the janitor is vacuuming the popcorn, but it’s slushy outside, and you might have stepped in chewing gum. Don’t worry. The Town Crier is proud to present its first double feature review! This week, we’ll be posting two reviews of Jacob Wren’s Polyamorous Love Song (BookThug).

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Two Questions for Puritan Contributor Stevie Howell

by E Martin Nolan

Stevie Howell published three poems in Issue 25, Spring 2014, and read at The Puritan’s Black Friday this year.

E. Martin Nolan: Your book contains an impressive poetic range. Formally, there are free verse poems spread across the page (or two pages in the case of “Avenue Road”);

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Author Notes: Paul Carlucci Talks Insiders and Outsiders

by Tyler Willis

Puritan contributor Paul Carlucci published his story, “Even Still,” in Issue 27, Fall 2014. He discusses cultural difference and the tensions that arise out of shifting privileges.

Blame and regionalism. First, they make pride, and not long after that, they make intolerance.

Canada’s a good example of that phenomenon,

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Author Notes: Snow Queens, Pizzlies, and the Canadian Arctic

by gillian harding-russel

Puritan contributor gillian harding-russel published “Missions: then and now” in Issue 27, Fall 2014. Her poem is about winter, the quest for the Northwest Passage, and the melting of the Canadian Arctic.

Winter has intrigued me since I was a child. A fresh snowfall, with its shimmering lights,

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The Island That Lost The Peace: A Review of Michael Winter’s Into the Blizzard

by David Hurlow

On October 4th, 1918, a seventeen-year-old boy named Tommy Ricketts ran across a field in Belgium under an immense amount of fire from German forces. He managed to retrieve ammunition for a Lewis gun that was engaged in an outflanking maneuver, turning the tide of the battle and saving many Allied lives. For his bravery he was awarded the Victoria Cross.