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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: 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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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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Out of the Woods

Last week J. and I drove up past the 55th parallel, climbed in our canoe, and paddled part of the Grass River. We put in at Pisew Falls and meandered downstream to Kwasitchewan Falls, on a route used for thousands of years by aboriginal people and fur traders who came in the 1700s in search […]

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Dancing Skeletons: Building Plot

I’m working on the plot of my next book these days and in the process thinking a lot about cause and effect. That E. M. Forster chestnut is on my mind. If you’re a writer, you probably know the one: “The king died then the queen died, is a story. The king died and then […]

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Exposure of Another Kind

Two days ago I finished the last edit of Swarm. A friend of mine asked me what exactly that means, because it seems like over the past few years I’ve several times said, I’m done!, only to dive back in again… But this time is different. For the past month and a half I’ve been […]

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On Finding the Real in Realism

I love Ian McEwan. Among other works, his short novel On Chesil Beach absolutely blew my mind with its delicious description, compassion, and nearly telepathic internal narrative of a young couple engaged in the young-couple drama and anxiety of their wedding night. He schools me, does Mr. McEwan. So I was pleased to come across […]

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Outbound

Last July, Jason and I spent some time hiking in hundred degree heat in southern Utah. It wasn’t just to get away. Nor was it an exercise in self-flagellation. Like Gary Ferguson, the writer of Outbound, a poignant and lovely essay I recently discovered in the Summer issue of Camas, the University of Montana’s lit […]

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