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Life and Art

Remember last week? When I talked about irons in the fire? Well, I’ve been busy, busy stirring the flames this past week, so much so that my planned post isn’t actually ready to go up. That’s the bad news. The good news is that said post is by my friend Rea Tarvydas, whose new book of […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Trevor Corkum

I can’t quite remember how I met Trevor Corkum, but it was online and shortly after we began communicating we discovered a bunch of connections: we both went to Trent U., in Peterborough, Ontario, at the same time, and we had a mutual friend unrelated to our work or our schooling. Plus, there’s the writing […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson made a name for herself as a spoken word artist long before ‘poetry slam’ became a household phrase. Now, she’s turned her talent with words to the long form, with the release of her first novel, Over Our Heads.  Who are you?  I’m a brown kid called Andy, sitting on the curb with […]

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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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Firelight Interview Series: Tanis Rideout

Who are you? I’m an author who’s written poetry and fiction and the occasional piece about water and the environment. I’ve written one novel – Above All Things, based on George Mallory’s final expedition to Mt. Everest, and most recently a collection of poetry called Arguments with the Lake, based around Marilyn Bell’s swim across […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Aga Maksimowska

Who are you? I’m Aga Maksimowska. Some people call me Aggie, my mom calls me Agusia, but most of my family and friends call me Aga, which is short for Agnieszka. I was born in the Baltic port city of Gdynia, in Poland, which is part of the tri-city of Gdynia-Sopot-Gdansk, Gdansk being the birthplace […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Elizabeth Ruth

Who are you? I’m the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Matadora, Smoke and Ten Good Seconds of Silence. My work has been recognized by the Writer’s Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, The Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award, The City of Toronto Book Award, and CBC Canada Reads. Recently CBC named me one of the […]

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Making Do

Last July, when J. and I were in Toronto, we took Mowat to an off-leash park on a beach in the east end. Despite the fact that it was about 800 degrees out, there weren’t many people or dogs around, but one woman was hurling a Frisbee into the waves for her docile Golden Retriever. […]

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Media (about) Swarm

I guess I’ve missed posting a few things here lately… One is the fact that the Toronto Star did a brief review of Swarm last week, calling it “one of the more realistic recent imaginings of the shape of things to come.” Quill & Quire’s review is also now online. As of right now it’s […]

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thought of the day

For all the people I’ve met who think Canada means Shangri-la in some other language… this comes from Toronto housing advocate Cathy Crowe: ..Yes, Canada is at war in Afghanistan. Since 2001, Canadian Forces have been fighting a war that has now lasted longer than World War II… Our military spending will reach $18.2 billion […]

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