Category: Books

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“The Parts of People that Hurt”

by E Martin Nolan

Jess Taylor, a former Town Crier contributor, is the author of Pauls, published this fall by BookThug. She is also the founder of the Emerging Writers Reading Series and the fiction editor of Little Brother. E Martin Nolan asked her about her debut collection and the sometimes grinding reading tour that comes with promoting a new book.

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Excursions in the Art of Lying

by John Nyman

When derek beaulieu says, “please, no more poetry,” Daniel Scott Tysdal’s Fauxccasional Poems may seem like the last place to turn for a response. Playful, dense, and brilliantly executed in line with a variety of well-established (and difficult!) poetic forms, it’s as easy to read Tysdal’s work as a master craftsman’s homage to poetry as it has always been.

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Questions for JC Bouchard

by Domenica Martinello

It’s been an exciting year for poet JC Bouchard. What started as a conversation in a bar about why poets don’t tour the same way musicians do quickly escalated into a successfully crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign. After breezing past the minimum fundraising goal of $1,000 by pulling in close to $4,000 with the enthusiastic backing of the Canadian literary community, 

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Pillow: An Interview with Andrew Battershill

by Dana Ewachow

Andrew Battershill’s first book, Pillow, was released by Coach House Books in October 2015. Puritan publicity agent Dana Ewachow interviewed him about the book, working with Coach House, and his writing process.

Dana Ewachow: First things first: why the name Pillow?

Andrew Battershill: I submitted my manuscript to Coach House under the title You Feel Me?

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Author Notes: Randy Lundy

by Randy Lundy

Randy Lundy’s poem,“An Ecology of Being and Non-Being,” appeared in Issue 30 of The Puritan. Here he speaks with The Town Crier about drawing inspiration from memory, and shares some of his favourite literature and music. 

“An Ecology of Being and Non-Being” began as most of my recent writing has: in my backyard or from the desire to be in my backyard,

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Building Minas Tirith

by Jason Freure

Every time I hold a book from The Lord of the Rings in my hands, I immediately flip toward the maps in the back. JRR Tolkien was a master of world-making, devoting thousands of pages of notes to Middle Earth’s history, languages, genealogies, and geography, beyond The Hobbit and LOTR themselves.

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Author Notes: Sara Jane Strickland

by Sara Jane Strickland

Two poems by Sara Jane Strickland appear in Issue 29 of The Puritan. Here she speaks with The Town Crier about the inspiration behind her poetry.

Town Crier: Do your poems have an interesting origin story/compositional history that you’d like to share? This could include interesting factoids or bits of research that informed the poems.

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Louis D Rubin Jr.: The Novel is Always Dying

by Patrick Roesle

When the editors approached me to ask if I had any interest in curating The Town Crier for a month, I was living in the US Virgin Islands. (The things I do for love, as the pink cartoon dog was apt to sigh). I was about as fit a transplant for St.