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A Walk In the Woods (and a Giveaway!)

In Calgary, this past spring, I had the real pleasure of reading Leo Brent Robillard‘s fourth novel, The Road to Atlantis. The publisher had asked me to blurb it, which means to give it a tidbit of praise they can use on the cover, and I’m usually careful with these things so I didn’t agree until I’d […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Catherine Bush

Catherine Bush makes me think. I first met her during my time in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Guelph and, like the best writers and teachers, she offered questions to inspire deep consideration of the practice of writing and the writing life. This winter, I spent a week with her latest […]

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Writing (Reading) with Soul

At the beginning of this year, I had a transcendent experience. Dark night, reading into it, I finished The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and rolled over in bed, my arm around the book, holding it close. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt such a strong connection to a novel, this feeling like I […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Shawn Syms

I first “met” Shawn Syms online, in the mid-2000s, through PWAC. I was attempting to make a living freelance writing in between surfing for killer travel deals and he was generous with advice and suggestions. A long-time journalist and fiction writer, his debut short story collection, Nothing Looks Familiar, came out last September. Says Kathryn […]

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Oh, Peterborough

I started this past Saturday night sipping dirty martinis with an old friend under a framed map of Rupert’s Land. A bright red swath swept northwest, right over present-day Manitoba and up to where The Pas would be. A scrawled date in black ink said 17-something. From there, I walked a few blocks west on […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

The first Thursday of each month (second Thursday this month, due to circumstances), I post a Q-and-A with a Canadian author. Read more about who exactly is asking the questions, and if you’re a published writer and want to take part, let me know! This month: Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, whose most recent novel All the Broken […]

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Short Story Study: A Round-Up

These days, I’m tuned into the All-Short-Stories-All-The-Time channel in my brain as I work on a collection. Here are a few of the things I’ve been reading, watching, and considering: The Journey Prize Stories: the annual collection of excellent stories nominated by Canadian literary journals for consideration for a $10,000 prize (the ones in the […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Deanna Young

Who are you? I am a poet and mother of three who has tried over the last 20 years to write and have a family while working at various other jobs (teaching and editing mainly), volunteering, being a friend, daughter, sister, etc. I’m from Middlesex County in southwestern Ontario, and though I haven’t lived in […]

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Kinship

My mom recommended a book to me last week. It sounded interesting so I jotted down the title because I’ve been in the midst of a dry spell since I turned the final page on All My Puny Sorrows and wiped the tears off my cheeks. You know how it is: that abrupt end of  […]

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Showing Up to Deep Write

I can be a bit of a suck. I don’t mind admitting this, because anyone who knows me, pretty much knows it’s true. Partly this is due to the fact that I’m the baby of the family, and as such, my older siblings often ended up having to put aside their own needs for the […]

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