Category: Reviews

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Why Are We Surprised by David Gilmour?

by André Babyn

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

― James Baldwin

The first and last time I purchased a novel by David Gilmour I was 18,

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Author Notes: Mark Jordan Manner

by Mark Jordan Manner

Recent Puritan contributor Mark Jordan Manner answers some questions about his reading habits, what he’s been listening to, and his story, “When Life Gives You Doris,” in Issue XXII: Summer 2013 of The Puritan.

Town Crier: Does your story have an interesting origin story/compositional history you’d like to share?

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Polyvocality in the Market: Guernica Editions’ Fall 2013 Launch

by Tracy Kyncl

On Sunday, September 15th 2013 I attended Guernica Editions’ Fall Launch at Supermarket in Kensington. I’ve only ever been to Supermarket between the hours of 10 p.m. and 1, or 2 a.m., so it was a lovely surprise to see the venue just as packed as always, albeit with a slightly older crowd than usual.

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“Make it a Collaborative Enterprise:” Liz Howard on AvantGarden

by Jess Taylor

“I was thinking about all of the writers whose work I really loved, and I felt they weren’t being very well represented in the [existing] series and perhaps the community,” Liz Howard told me. This led Howard to start AvantGarden—which is focused mainly on sound-based, experimental, and feminist writers and performers—in May of 2010.

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Traversing Canada’s Literary Terrain

by Tracy Kyncl

If someone asked me why I like literature so much, I would tell them that I was lucky enough to have had high school instructors who taught the subject well. There’s nothing like a butchering of Catcher in the Rye to turn a student off books forever. For me, that wasn’t the case.

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Bob Dylan, Dionne Brand, Louise Carson and the Written-Sung Word

by E. Martin Nolan

We’ve been looking into the tricky role poetry plays when incorporated into music. So far, I don’t think we’ve adequately defined that role. That is appropriate, because what little investigation we have done has suggested that poetry’s role in music should be studied on a case by case basis, and that “tricky” is probably the most important word in any overarching definition of that role.

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Back to School in Toronto

by Tracy Kyncl

Puritan Publicity agent Tracy Kyncl goes to Massey College to celebrate with Robert McGill.  

On September 11th 2013, Robert McGill launched his latest novel, Once We Had a Country, at Massey College on the U of T campus. The novel,

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Books About Book-lovers

by Jason Freure

When Hrabal wrote Too Loud a Solitude, he lived in a literate country that, in his own words, “would lay down their lives for a bale of compacted thoughts,” under a government that loathed books and the people who wrote them (Too Loud was published underground in 1976,

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The Final Days of Q Space

by Tracy Kyncl

Puritan Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl finalizes her farewell in part two of her series on Toronto’s beloved hub, Q Space.

As a final send off to Q Space, Luciano Iacobelli organized and hosted the Lyrical Myrical Author’s Festival from Friday, August 23rd until Sunday,