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Category Archives: Musings

There’s Something About FOLD

My first introduction to author Jael Richardson, founder and artistic director of The Festival of Literary Diversity was after she was invited to speak while I was taking a nonfiction class with writer Ayelet Tsabari. Jael wrote the memoir The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, A Father’s Life. It’s about her journey to find her […]

On Adrian Belew and Defying Expectations

For the last year, I’ve been working on a manuscript. Its working title: Letters to Adrian Belew. “That’s unexpected” is the usual response I receive when I share this with people––that is, if they know who Adrian Belew is at all. The byline on Belew’s Twitter profile notes him as “one of the world’s guitar […]

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Review: Book Vs Movie

When A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was published in January 1962, it had been rejected twenty-six times by publishers. She tried to sell the book for 2 ½ years. Publishers weren’t sure what genre A Wrinkle in Time was or whether it was written for children or adults. Today it is classified as […]

My friend Git: Applying software version control principles and tools to creative writing

By Jeremy Hanson-Finger, author of Death and the Intern One problem I’ve struggled with as a writer is keeping track of the changes I make to my work during the editorial process. Organizing the versions of the text that correspond to each step in the production schedule is easy enough. You send your editor your […]

Andrew Kaufman’s Magic 8 is too good not to share

Small Claims author Andrew Kaufman tackled the CBC Books Magic 8 Q&A, wherein he answered eight randomly selected questions submitted by eight fellow writers. Here’s an excerpt:   1. Matti Friedman asks, “If you could go somewhere on earth right now, where would it be?” Zipolite, Mexico. But not the Zipolite of now — the […]

The Progeria Connection

One of the characters in Brent van Staalduinen’s novel SAINTS, UNEXPECTED has progeria, a rare disease that drastically affects the body’s aging process. For another take on progeria (and a really cool writer’s career), check out this super-excellent episode of the Longform podcast, which features an interview with Robin Marantz Henig. She’s the author of […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 5

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Brent’s final suggestion is John Terpstra’s Under the Parapet Wall: John knows Hamilton to an unmatched depth and breadth, and writes about it with power and grace (I mean, he knows this city, right down […]

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