Category: The Writing Life

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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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The Way to Wayzgoose: Navigating Toronto’s Literary Epicentre

by Madeline Lemire

Thursday, Sept. 5 saw a large segment of Toronto’s literary scene gathered under one roof, or rather, under one roof and in the back parking lot for a staple event in Toronto’s Fall schedule.

Despite sounding like a new and exciting addition to the duck family, a Wayzgoose is actually (as stated on Coach House Books’ website) a party “historically given by a master printer to his workmen at the summer’s end,

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Chris Graham on Amazing New Stuff!

by Jess Taylor

“I want to invest exactly the amount of time that I have fun,” Chris Graham told me about Amazing New Stuff in Northwood Café on Bloor Street West. Amazing New Stuff began in October 2012 when Graham was still relatively new to Toronto. “I wrote this thing [on the National Congress of the KKK] and wanted to advertise it and to get people to buy it or even just read it.

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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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Lyrics Inside a Cage of Sound: Sir John Betjeman on Daft Punk

by E. Martin Nolan

The fourth in a series on music lyrics. Read Jessica Bebenek’s entry here, Peter Norman’s here, and Kevin Hardcastle’s here.

Now that I mention it, is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” stuck in your head? And when you engage that funky fairy in your mind’s ear,

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Stand-Out Poets Bring the Noise in TO

by Tracy Kyncl

Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl explores the wonders of sound in the Toronto literary scene.

On a humid, sticky Tuesday night with a thunderstorm on the horizon, I made my way to the Black Swan Tavern, the new location for Toronto’s longest-running weekly poetry series Art Bar, only to find out that the venue had been double-booked!

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Fiction at the 49th Parallel

by Robert McGill

In anticipation of Robert McGill’s new novel,  Once We Had a Country (which officially launches this coming Wednesday), Puritan editor Tyler Willis poses a few questions about writing from both sides of the Medicine Line.

The Town Crier: As an author and teacher who has worked on either side of the Canada/U.S.

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“Poems Sound like the Voice I Have:” Three Questions for Souvankham Thammavongsa

by Phoebe Wang & E. Martin Nolan

Souvankham Thammavongsa’s third poetry collection, Light, will launch this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Supermarket. Souvankham has her work featured in Puritan XX. In anticipation of her launch, we asked her a few things about emotion, craft and art.

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BookcampTO 2013 and the Extending Hallway

by Phoebe Wang

Conferences bring people together for a few days of fruitful exchange, but those exchanges are often cut short just when they’ve gotten started. Just when small talk gives way to conversation, it’s time for closing remarks. Just when the others start to look familiar, it’s time to go home.

For the past five years,