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Category Archives: Musings

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 […]

5 Debut Writers to Check Out

You’re always on the lookout for new and eclectic voices. Short stories, poetry, nonfiction and novels: you want to know who’s new on the scene. Then you’ll want to check out these debut titles from five writers on the rise. The Boat People by Sharon Bala (McClelland & Stewart): The Boat People was inspired by […]

Lost Loves: Dismantling the Books I Once Loved

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In the furthest corner of my parent’s basement, beneath a tiny window that casts dusty light over my old futon, there’s a box buried beneath piles of other boxes. I am going to extract it from its cardboard-cobweb prison, because in it are all the chapter books I owned as a child and I want […]

4 Books to Take to the Park

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Depending on your definition of summer, it’s more or less here! Grab a blanket and some snacks, and let’s head to the park! And a hat; don’t forget a hat. And water; it’s important to hydrate. Okay, now let’s head to the park! These four reads are the perfect companion to an easy afternoon of […]

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 […]

How’s it going between you and your writing?

Jon Chan Simpson’s writing is both whimsy and wit. His novel, Chinkstar, explores culture, race and history culminating in a hilarious, vivid and unforgettable debut. As this month’s guest contributor, Jon’s undeniably unique voice explores the writer’s relationship with writing with his very own diagnostic quiz. Take it, read about his own personal experiences with writing […]

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 […]

3 Books for the Love of Baseball

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“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 […]