Category: Publicity Agent Reports

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Multicultural Diversity in Children’s Literature

by Nicole R. Grimaldi

Dalton Higgins’s article, “What Does Diversity in Book Publishing Mean to You?” published late last week on Open Book Toronto, reflects on diversity in children’s literature and the obstacles authors face in attempting to publish alternative content aimed at youth.

A report released in the U.S.

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Ready to Launch: Buckrider Books

by Kris Bone

I’ll be honest with you: I wish I could avoid writing about the literary community/scene here this week. It’s been a subject we’ve given play to almost non-stop in the past month or two, for better or worse. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it would be all but impossible to avoid discussing the massive community showing at last Wednesday’s official launch for Buckrider Books,

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“To Me, All Poetry is Political”:

by Tracy Kyncl

It’s only been two weeks into National Poetry Month and Toronto is in a flurry. Awash with events and brimming with excitement, bards, readers, and critics have busied themselves buying debut collections or reflecting on the place of poetry in their lives.

As I’ve immersed myself in the hubbub I’ve noticed that poetry,

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“Stretching the Space of Realism”:

by Nicole R. Grimaldi

Author Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer discusses enchantment, realism, and the local politics of her newest novel All The Broken Things. The following is a teaser of a much longer, more in depth conversation scheduled for publication in Issue 26: Summer 2014 of The Puritan.

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The Writing Moment

by Kris Bone

This past Sunday afternoon, an unusual cross-section of Toronto’s writing community gathered at Little Italy’s Bar Italia for an unusual book launch. Up on the bar’s second floor, what was being launched wasn’t a new chapbook or novel, but in fact a new poetry textbook, The Writing Moment,

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The Aesthetic Tickle

by Nicole R. Grimaldi

If I had known a reading at Pivot could feature a not-so-serious love ballad about Heath Ledger, a surreal and splendid brawl between a bear and a 14-year-old Vietnamese boy, a borderline performance poem about the unreliability of the TTC (written years ago but still very relevant today), and a version of the Rob Ford fiasco spun out into an apt detective drama,

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Poetry: The Next Generation

by Tracy Kyncl

One of the greatest pleasures involved with being a Publicity Agent for The Puritan is constant exposure to the new generation of writers that is slowly marking its literary territory. On November 20th I attended the Odourless Press launch at No One Writes to the Colonel to see what the up-and-coming publishing house—established just two years ago—had to offer.

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ECW: A Little Out of the Ordinary

by Tracy Kyncl

With the International Festival of Authors on the horizon, it seems logical for presses to launch their wackiest and most unique books to grab readers’ attention. On October 21st, 2013 I attended the Wolsak and Wynn launch at The Steady where they were celebrating the release of some uncommon titles.