It’s been a very busy year.
No one has really enjoyed 2017. We probably all wish we were still mourning beloved celebrities like it was November 2016, but here we are. It’s 2017. The Puritan is ten years old and with a bit of luck we’re not going anywhere soon.
It’s been my second year running The Town Crier and my first as Operations Manager for The Puritan, which has meant a whole lot of new responsibilities, most of which involved worrying about how much money we had. But, thanks to a killer masthead and an ever-expanding group of dedicated volunteers, the magazine still put out four stellar issues and one much-needed supplement on Austin Clarke’s legacy. Plus, we hosted not one but three events. In addition to our usual Black Friday bash, we managed to put together a Spring Launch (in June, admittedly) and threw together a panel to celebrate our tenth anniversary at the IFOA. It’s been a good year. Thank you to everyone who’s been reading the magazine and coming out to our parties.
As for the blog, we kept doing our thing. With the invaluable help of associate editor Kirstie Turco, every damn week we published two to three new pieces: essays, reviews, interviews, angry rants, and even real life ghost stories. In addition to our tireless roster of columnists, guest editors and writers Canisia Lubrin, Natalie Wee, Jacqueline Valencia, Andy Verboom, Daniel Kincade Renton, and Aurora Stewart de Peña each took over the blog for a month in 2017 and the results were some of the best writing The Town Crier has ever published.
Now we’re taking a holiday. Our final update for 2017 will appear on Thursday, December 21, and then sweet, sweet radio silence. But don’t worry. We’ll be back the first week of January with a brand-new month on reality TV, curated by Rudrapriya Rathore, Kathryn Stagg, Amy Oldfield, Pamela Dungao, and Hannah Leadley. We’ve already got plenty of great guest editors lined up for 2018. Plus, we’re always looking for new interviews, reviews, and posts on the Canadian literary scene. Just send us a pitch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got an idea.
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for what’s to come in December. There are still some great essays and interviews around the corner coming from Crier columnists, with some new faces joining the team. We can’t wait to see you again in the New Year.