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The Search for Youth in CanLit

by Kailey Havelock

Recently, I was asked to represent Ryerson University on a team at the International Festival of Authors’ inaugural Lit Jam. We competed against creative writing students from University of Toronto, University of Guelph, and Humber College to create stories live on stage, based on prompts from the audience and social media.

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BLACK FRIDAY: A Year in Review on Nov. 27

by The Puritan

The Puritan is having its fourth annual year-in-review celebration at The Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street, Toronto, ON). Join us in closing out the Fall Season with mirth, merry-making, and maybe even maypoles. Come meet the staff, editors, and contributors who made the magazine in 2015.

BLACK FRIDAY 2015 is a night of celebrations to announce and honour the winners of our Fourth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence,

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Why Are Readings So Boring?

by André Forget

About a month ago, I went to the Pivot reading series and saw self-described best friends kevin mcpherson eckhoff and Jake Kennedy. They … well, read would be the word, I suppose, but it seems like an awfully pedestrian term for what they were actually doing.

It was Pivot’s first run at its new venue,

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Canadian Literature After Nationalism

by André Forget

It was with some trepidation that, just over a week ago, I wandered into the AGO’s Jackman Theatre to attend 20 Years of Writing Thru Race: Then and Now. This trepidation was caused by several factors: not only am I a white, straight, middle-class man whose ancestors were quite busily involved in the colonization of this country and several others,

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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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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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Writing and Place at IFOA Weekly

by Caryn Cathcart

The concept of place is not limited to geography. It also encompasses culture, character, history, politics, perspective, language, and inspiration. In fact, place can exist entirely beyond geography—it’s found in distant mythologies, online communities, and even the ever-fickle human memory. It is no surprise that the theme of writing and place proved incredibly rich for IFOA Weekly’s latest Open Book Literary Salon.

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Paul Vermeersch: My Teenage Obsession

by Domenica Martinello

The first living Canadian poet that ever fascinated me wasn’t Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, or even my fellow Montreal-native Leonard Cohen ; it was Paul Vermeersch. The year was 2007 and I was a bright-eyed 16-year-old. It was a time before I knew how to frame poetry as ‘contemporary’ or ‘lyrical’ or as anything other than straight verse.

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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.