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Firelight Interview Series: Ayelet Tsabari

Who are you?  I am the author of The Best Place On Earth (HarperCollins 2013) and I’m currently working on a memoir and a novel. I was born and raised in Israel to a family of Yemeni descent. I am fifth of six siblings; they are all awesome and creative people; we are very close […]

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A Few Questions About Writing

My friend and colleague Aaron Shepard, author of When is a Man and this thoughtful guest post on my own site, recently asked me to take part in a blog tour happening in the literary community across Canada. He was tagged by fiction writer Julie Paul who was recruited by Alice Zorn. So far, I’ve […]

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Transitions

For the past two weeks, I’ve spent my days gazing out a wide window at the Qu’Appelle Valley, watching the highway move cars up/down the hill, to/from Regina, and walking the road onto wide prairie, under the huge, changeable sky. We’ve done amazing things here, we eight poets who arrived at Sage Hill to work […]

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An Ode to Farley Mowat

Yesterday, Farley Mowat died. He was 92, so he had a good long go, and wrote a lot of books, and never hesitated to boom out his thoughts about the terrible mess we humans are making of things on the earth, but I fear that the world will forget him. My generation grew up with […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Elisabeth de Mariaffi

    Who are you? I’m a Toronto-born Transylvanian who immigrated to St. John’s, Newfoundland, two years ago. It was the best decision I could have made. I brought my two children with me and found two more waiting for me here on the other side of the Cabot Strait—along, of course, with their father, […]

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The Land That’s In Our Blood

My husband remembers his grandmother telling him that when she moved east to northern Ontario from the wide, bald prairie, she would climb trees. I know why now. Born and raised on a farmstead in Saskatchewan, she mustn’t have seen many. Located south of Regina, this is the landscape that Anne Lazurko writes about in […]

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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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Firelight Interview Series: Stacey Madden

Stacey Madden is the author of Poison  Shy, a novel which Quill & Quire described as “a thoroughly enjoyable treat for fans of seedy urban squalor, eccentric characters, and stories as tightly coiled as mattress springs.” He lives in Toronto, where he is at work on his second book. Tell us about yourself: I grew […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Nancy Jo Cullen

Nancy Jo Cullen is the author of Canary (Biblioasis, 2013), which won the 2011–12 Metcalf-Rooke Award (“this book is intoxicating,” said judges Leon Rooke and John Metcalfe). She’s also published three collections of poetry, and was the winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers in 2010. Where do you come from and […]

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Landscape of Anxiety: How (and why) I created a fictional setting for my novel

The following is a guest post by writer Aaron Shepard.  Being a country-born lad, the odds are good I’ll never write a “New York” novel. Even a Toronto or Vancouver novel might be a stretch. Instead, I wrote a “West Kootenay” novel, even though I’ve been warned about the perils of doing so. Never heard […]

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