fbpx

Author Archives: Tamara Jong

More than Five Questions with Writer Alicia Elliott

Alicia Elliott (photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari) On the latest interview for #Invisibooks, we caught up with the fantastic Alicia Elliott to hear her thoughts on encouraging emerging writers, the power of seeing yourself in a story, how her new book came about, and why she’s such a wrestling fan. Tamara Jong: Hey Alicia, huge congrats […]

Five Questions with Writer Jael Richardson

Jael Richardson (photo credit: Arden Wray) Jael chats with #Invisibooks about CanLit, why the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) feels like fun and not work, her call to writing, tips on how to be an ally and her forthcoming new book Gutter Child (woohoo!). Tamara Jong: Jael, It’s just past year three of FOLD. You […]

Soft Bed

I can hear the man behind the front desk turning the page of the large guest book as he taps a biro against the edge of the counter. It’s hard to sleep sitting up, especially when all I want is to curl up on a soft bed and feel safe enough to fall into a […]

The Utility of Boredom by Andrew Forbes Book Review

“Whatever their form—tiny or massive, domed or open, concrete or wood or brick, or bleachers made from aluminum—ballparks are host to something so spiritually, aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually stimulating as to elevate them, whatever their architectural shortcomings.”Andrew Forbes Amen. It’s a lazy summer day and ball is done for the Jays and me.  I only […]

The Colour of an Apple

I don’t remember a lot about the day of my husband’s emergency brain surgery. Less than 24 hours after being admitted to the hospital for a headache and extreme dizziness, he was in the operating room.   After the surgery, I remember the humming, beeping, and clicking of machines keeping him alive. The corners of […]

More than Five Questions with Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Shazia Hafiz Ramji talks about childhood inspirations from R.L. Stine, encyclopedias, and Wordsworth, what it took to finish Port of Being and an accompanying playlist (Book to be released October 15th with Invisible Publishing) and how Tarot helps her write fiction. Tamara Jong: Hey Shazia, congrats on recently getting an honorable mention for your story “Pilgrims” […]

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 […]

Writing While Angry

It began with the unwanted sexual advances of an older man I trusted in the summer leading up to the 2016 election. It was hot in my apartment when it started, and I had a yeast infection. A lot happened in the year that followed: a loved one was the victim of a violent crime, […]

Five questions with writer H.B. Hogan

H.B. Hogan’s new book This Keeps Happening is coming out November 15th, 2018 (you can pre-order now) with Invisible Publishing. H.B. talks about a time when she was more interesting, swooning in front of Virginia Woolf’s house and the mood inspiring playlist to This Keeps Happening. Tamara Jong: Congrats on your new collection of short stories […]

Five questions with writer Tyler Hellard

It’s NHL playoff time, so we caught up with writer Tyler Hellard to chat about his new novel, Searching for Terry Punchout (to be released October 15th, 2018) coming out with Invisible Publishing. Tyler talks about why an awful read inspired his book, what hockey great he’d love to see reading it and why his […]