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Category Archives: Musings

3 Books for the Love of Baseball

Aerial image of a baseball diamond and text that reads 3 Books for the Love of Baseball

“If only every day were opening day.” – Mary Schmich For those who have already set a countdown timer for MLB Opening Day 2019, these three books will affirm your love of the game, the off-kilter joys, the sorrows and the wonder of North America’s national pastime. Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles (McClelland […]

‘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 […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 4

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Here are Brent’s thoughts on Rachael Preston’s The Fishers of Paradise: A historical novel about a long-gone aspect of our beloved city, the boathouses on the Cootes Paradise marsh. The marsh is still there—and less […]

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