Category: Interview

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The Neighbourhood: “We’re Going to Fight the City”

by Annalee Giesbrecht

North of the Assiniboine River and south of Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Wolseley is the kind of neighbourhood Winnipeggers either love or hate. Hate it, and they’re bound to describe it with words like “granola cruncher,” or “patchouli”; love it, and they’ve probably already moved there. Amidst the old elms and three-storey, century-old houses sits a one-storey brick building with a patio and a hand-painted sign reading “The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café.” Here,

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The Monkey’s Paw and Bibliophilia

by André Forget

The Monkey’s Paw is an antiquarian book shop specializing in rare and unusual print artifacts in Toronto. The store also houses the Biblio-Mat, a randomized book vending machine that runs on an Arduino microprocessor and the occasional thump.

André Forget: How did you become involved in antiquarian book sales?

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Tragicomic: An Interview with Anna Leventhal

by Andrew Forbes

Anna Leventhal is the author of the story collection Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing 2014), winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s First Book Prize. Excerpts from the following interview appeared in an article on All Lit Up, but the entire interview is presented here because Leventhal had so much to say it seemed a shame to publish only select bits.

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Montreal’s Argo Bookshop: A Sturdy Camp

by JP Karwacki

Argo Bookshop (1915 Ste-Catherine St. O.) is Montreal’s oldest English-language bookstore. Opened by John George in 1966, it now belongs to Meaghan Acosta and JP Karwacki. Despite its 200 square feet, the store stocks no fewer than 6,000 titles. The store is also host to both the Argo Open Mic and its Featured Reading Series,

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Interview: Sue Goyette

by André Forget

Sue Goyette is a Halifax-based poet. Her most recent collection, Ocean, was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry prize in 2014.

André Forget: You grew up in Montreal, but currently live in Nova Scotia and are quite involved in the literature scene there. How have those two very different places shaped your sensibilities as a writer?

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“Imagining Impractical Ideas About Bodies”

by Phoebe Wang

As part of the Town Crier’s ongoing exploration of place in Canadian Writing, Phoebe Wang conducted an email interview with Lucas Crawford, the 2015 Critic-In-Residence for the Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Lucas Crawford is a poet, performer and scholar who has written on transgender and literature, fat studies, and queer identity politics.

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Interview: John K Samson

by Adam Klassen Bartel

The defiantly Winnipeg-based poet and songwriter John K. Samson is known best for his work as singer for The Weakerthans. He also serves as the managing editor for Arbeiter Ring Press.

Adam Klassen Bartel: In listening to your music I noticed, especially in your last album,

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Interview: dalton derkson

by Jessica Bebenek

dalton derksen is a punk poet from the prairies. He runs Hurtin’ Crüe Press. This interview is part of a month-long series on “place” in contemporary Canadian writing.

Jessica Bebenek: You began writing poetry in your home town of Mortlach, Saskatchewan, moved to Ottawa to study Applied Linguistics at Carleton,

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Interview: Liz Howard

by Jillian Harkness

Liz Howard is the author of Of Hereafter Song, a rewriting of Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha. Jillian Harkness interviewed Liz Howard for The Town Crier’s month-long investigation into poetry and activism.

Jillian Harkness: Your re-writing of the Longfellow poem,

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Interview: Maggie Helwig

by André Forget

André Forget interviews author, poet, and priest Maggie Helwig for her opinions on poetry, activism, and her role in a church with a tradition of radicalism.

André Forget: At least in the popular Canadian context, poetry has a reputation for being an elite art form, one patronized and appreciated by the bourgeoisie,