Category: Upcoming

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Writing the Body

by Kilby Smith-McGregor

In a matter of days I’ll be publishing my first book—a poetry collection called Kids in Triage. That this first book turned out to be poetry and not prose is a surprise to me. That this first book takes the body as its subject; that this encounter with the body manifests in emergency,

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October Call for Submissions

by Klara du Plessis

Six times a year, the Town Crier hands itself over to a guest editor. Curators are free to publish for a month on any literary topic of their choosing. Klara du Plessis will be curating the Town Crier blog in the month of October. Her call-out for submissions follows.

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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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Victoria’s Munro’s Books

by Neil Wadhwa

As the release of The Puritan’s new issue approaches, The Town Crier has decided to leak an excerpt from an upcoming interview with Jessica Walker of Victoria’s Munro’s Books. This preview is just a teaser of the great new non-fiction appearing in The Puritan Issue 29,

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Where We Are: The Place of “Place” In Contemporary Canadian Writing

by André Forget

There is, I must admit, something a little soporific about this title. Those even remotely aware of the history of Canadian literature will know that “place” is, supposedly, our great literary obsession—the focus of many tedious monographs and book-length studies and seminars that talk about the vastness of the Canadian landscape, the existential anxieties facing vulnerable humans in an indifferent wilderness,

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Different Ways of Seeing

by E Martin Nolan

North America’s stirred up. It’s awoken from a sleep induced first by comfort and extended by fear and uncertainty. The ’90s lulled us such that popular political literature declared history could have possibly ended. Meanwhile, the turmoil that would come to define the new millennium festered. Bubbles juiced the North American economy,

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

by André Forget

In the following special post, editor André Forget discusses the genesis of Whether, a brand new online literary magazine based out of Winnipeg, Toronto, and New York.

I have no idea when exactly I decided it would be fun to start a magazine, but I think it was some time back in October.

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Poetry, Prose, & Taking It Shift by Shift

by E Martin Nolan

It’s a busy time for past-Puritan authors: no fewer than 10 of their books are being published this spring. So we decided to check in on them and ask them one question each. First up: Chris Hutchinson, Peter Norman, Suzannah Showler, and Mike Spry. Stay tuned for more.

Chris Hutchinson’s A Brief History of the Short-Lived was reviewed in Issue 19 of The Puritan.

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“A Certain Level of Quality”

by Jess Taylor

The Eleventh in a Series on Toronto Literary Readings.

“Poets Ned Hagerman and Ian Burgham had an idea in the beginning of presenting relatively high quality readers in a nice, intimate environment and that [the readers] would be paid,” Heather Wood told me about the origins of The Rower’s Pub Reading Series’ philosophy.

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Pivot at the Press Club

by Tracy Kyncl

Pivot Readings are at the core of Toronto’s literary scene. Bi-monthly at the Press Club, writers and readers extricate themselves from their Wednesday slumps and find new and familiar faces tucked into the cozy bar on Dundas West. On Wednesday October 30th Pivot hosted a very diverse line-up that included poetry,