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Category Archives: Musings

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 […]

Recent Hockey Reads

Whether it’s because hockey is Canada’s national obsession or because we’ve just published a debut novel about small-town hockey life that iBooks reviewed as one of their favourite titles of the season – “definitely deserves a few stick taps” – but we’ve got the game on our minds! Here are some recent books about the […]

Poetry and its Preoccupations: An Interview with Annick MacAskill

Annick MacAskill’s debut collection of poetry, No Meeting Without Body, was published by Gaspereau Press in the spring of 2018. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Grain, Room, Canadian Notes & Queries, Prism, Versal, Arc, The Fiddlehead, and The Antigonish Review. She has also been selected as a finalist for prizes including the CBC Canada Writes Poetry Prize, the Edna Staebler Personal […]

What Stupefaction can do for Fiction: On Photography and Writing

Jatra, Poush Mela, Shantiniketan, India. Dec 23 2013. This photo forms the basis of the opening scene of a short story I am currently working on. The story is also set in Shantiniketan.   It is dusk. Kishmish lies on a patch of grass and stares upwards, attracted to the dragonfly whizzing around his head, […]

A Long List of Short Reads

Coming in at 200 pages or less, these short novels are long on story. Afterall by Lee Kvern (Brindle & Glass): Follow Beth, well-meaning but ultimately misguided, through one night on the streets as she frantically searches for the boy she has lost. (129 pages) The Finest Supermarket in Kabul by Ele Pawelski (Quattro Books): […]