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Category Archives: Musings

Closer Still: On Reading What I Could Not Understand by Isabella Wang

Some artists first learn to draw by tracing the work of others – sentence structure, tone, plot, word play, imagery. Until I found my own voice, I wrote in the voices of other writers that I read from and tried to mimic. If I were to name one most influential title in my early life, […]

Mistaken Longings: When I Write of Calcutta, I Don’t Write of “Home”

Victoria Memorial, Calcutta, India. Dec 25 2011.   “I have a question,” a middle aged man says, his bald pate shiny against the afternoon light filtering into the Lakeside Terrace room at Harbourfront Center. We are at “Safar: Journeys to South Asia” panel of Toronto International Festival of Authors. He addresses the authors, “Do you […]

Cool New Short Story Collections

“Stories are not chapters of novels. They should not be read one after another, as if they were meant to follow along. Read one. Shut the book. Read something else. Come back later. Stories can wait.” ― Mavis Gallant Stories can wait, but we can’t! Here are some recent short story collections that display diversity […]

Collecting/Telling/Writing Stories by Bilan Hashi

I was in transit at Dubai. People watching and collecting stories. There were women in saris, men in dashikis, the pilgrims for Ummrah wrapped in their white cloths: traditional clothing a backdrop against the modern lines of the terminal. The airport’s status as an international hub was evident as conversations in different languages overpowered the […]

8 Books by Journey Prize Nominees

8 Books by Journey Prize Nominees

The Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is an annual prize that celebrates the best of Canada’s new writing. The selected writing appears in the anthology The Journey Prize Stories, published by McClelland & Stewart. Below are eight writers whose work has appeared in the anthology along with their most recently published book. […]

rob mclennan on old-school chapbook-making

rob mclennan's chapbook production process

How to make chapbooks (the old-fashioned way, rob mclennan It has been pointed out to me that how I physically produce chapbooks is a bit ridiculous. Well, maybe not ridiculous, but certainly antiquated. Occasionally I’ll have an author request I email a final proof of their chapbook before it heads off to the printer, not […]

Ten Books that Put One Foot in Front of the Other

“A mind narrows when it has too much to bear. Art is not born of unwanted constriction. Art wants formless and spacious quiet, anti-social daydreaming, time away from the consumptive volume of everyday life.” ― Kyo Maclear, Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation These 10 books feature themes of walking, with or without purpose, […]

On Pieces and My Pelvis by Jess Taylor

“The crack’s in me,” I said heroically. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Crack-Up”. I drew a picture of myself once as a blue alien figure, without form or face, looking out of a window. From the chest, a rod ran up through the page and down through the ground, piercing the figure in two. I […]

The Galleria Mall in Book Form!

Galleria Mall photo

A couple of years ago, Invisible published my first book, a collection of short stories called Everything Life Has to Offer. I’m now finishing up a second book, but this one’s entirely different. It focuses on Toronto’s Galleria Mall—a shopping mall in the city’s west end that was built in 1972 and is known for […]

Creating Beauty through Poetry: An Interview with Shirley Camia

Shirley Camia is a Filipina-Canadian poet. She is the author of four collections of poetry: the forthcoming Mercy (Turnstone Press, 2019); Children Shouldn’t Use Knives (At Bay Press, 2017), 2018 winner of The Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award (Book Design) at the Manitoba Book Awards, and an Honourable Mention in Poetry at The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence […]