Category: Upcoming

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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,

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ReTrOspective: Looking Back at uTOpia in the Rob Ford Era

by Jason Freure

uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto was published in 2005, two years after David Miller’s election as mayor of Toronto, and he even wrote the forward. In this brief post, it’s not entirely possible to do justice to the dozens of ideas, visions, and histories in uTOpia, but the book is optimistic and imaginative about the city’s future.

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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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Anthony de Sa Suffuses Lisbon with Little Portugal

by Phoebe Wang

It’s nearly impossible to imagine Toronto’s west end, especially along Dundas and the Brockton and Bloordale areas, without its Portuguese bakeries, markets and houseware shops. In the mid-1950s, migrants fleeing the regime of António de Salazar began settling in Toronto, and Brazilian and Angolese have since added to Canada’s largest concentration of Portuguese-speaking migrants.

Yet how familiar are we with Portuguese literature?