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Featured Video: Book Trailer for Strange Things Done by Elle Wild

"This morning, a body was found in the Yukon River in West Dawson."

So opens Strange Things Done by Elle Wild. In the opening pages, narrator Jo Silver, a journalist who has recently arrived in the north, fears for her life for reasons unknown to the reader. The immediate intensity, mystery, and intrigue of the novel continues throughout a page-turning narrative.

As the roads snow over, encasing the town, Jo's investigation into an alleged double suicide takes a dark turn. As the case begins to look like murder, Jo doesn't suspect that she is about to end up as the prime suspect.

On Writing, with Danila Botha

August 25, 2016

The Entitled Interview with Eric Beck Rubin

Eric Beck Rubin's School of Velocity (Doubleday Canada) marks the arrival of a talented new voice in CanLit.

The novel follows Jan de Vries, whose virtuoso talent at the piano promised him a stunning career. His soaring progress is cut short however, when he begins to experience auditory hallucinations. The hallucinations do more than rob him of his musical destiny, however; they unlock a flood of memories around his childhood best friend, Dirk.

As the pressure of the hallucinations drive Jan to action, a stunning story of friendship, obsession, and lifelong love is slowly revealed through Rubin's arresting prose.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Amanda West Lewis

In The Pact (Red Deer Press), Amanda West Lewis tackles difficult historical subject matter in the context of a compelling story about a young boy.

Peter Gruber is a War Child — a German child pulled into the horrifying events of the Second World War. As Peter struggles against the indoctrination and propaganda of Nazi Germany, The Pact delves into the complex and troubling history of children on both sides of the most deadly war in modern history.

Call for Submissions! Tiny Tales Short Story Competition, Sponsored by Hendrink's Gin, Accepting Entries Until Sept 5

Do you have three great sentences? If so, don't miss your chance to enter the Tiny Tales Short Story Competition, sponsored by Hendrick's Gin.

On Writing, with Hugh Segal

The question of exactly what role Canadian foreign policy should serve is a complex one. Should our focus be protecting our borders and citizens? Maintaining our international identity as a nation of peacekeepers? Maintaining positive relationships with our international allies? Hugh Segal asks these tough questions and more in Two Freedoms: Canada’s Global Future (Dundurn Press). The two titular freedoms are freedom from want and freedom from fear, and how we as a nation pursue those two freedoms makes up the bulk of this fascinating book by the former chair of both the Senate Foreign Affairs and Special Anti-Terrorism committees.

Featured Video: Ian McEwan on Writing an Narrator Who Hasn't Been Born Yet

British author Ian McEwan is know for his compelling narrators. In his new novel, Nutshell (Knopf Canada), he pushes himself further than ever before, creating a narrator who is an eight-month-old fetus.

In this video interview, courtesy of Random House Canada, McEwan describes the experience of writing a narrator with a "rather restricted viewpoint", who listens to podcasts with his mother and worries about the state of the world. McEwan also shares the Shakespearean quotation that inspired Nutshell. Don't miss this fascinating discussion with an icon of English literature.

The Entitled Interview with Angeline Schellenberg

For parents raising children who are on the autism spectrum, the poems in Angeline Schellenberg's Tell Them It Was Mozart (Brick Books) will hit close to the heart. Capturing the challenges, joys, and magic of the experience, Tell Them It Was Mozart tackles pressures internal and external, expectations and surprises, weaving together linked poems laced with humour and wit. A confident debut from a talented poet, the collection utilizes list poems, found art, erasures, dialogues, and many other forms to highlight the unbreakable bond of parental love.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Malcolm Sutton

Malcolm Sutton wears many hats in the literary world — fiction editor, art writer, founder of a boundary-pushing literary magazine, and more. After publishing short fiction in outlets like Maisonneuve and Joyland, his first novel, Job Shadowing (BookThug), hit the shelves early this summer.

Writer In Residence

August 1, 2016-September 1, 2016

Stuart Ross »

Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, and writing teacher living in Cobourg, Ontario. The acclaimed author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays, Stuart got his start selling his chapbooks on Toronto’s Yonge Street during the 1980s. His recent books include Our Days in Vaudeville (Mansfield Press, 2014), A Hamburger in a Gallery (DC Books, 2015), (Anvil Press), and A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (Wolsak and Wynn, 2016). He is the co-translator or Marie-Ève Comtois’s My Planet of Kites (Mansfield Press, 2015). You Exist. Details Follow. (Anvil Press, 2012) won the sole award given to an anglophone writer by the Montreal-based l’Académie de la vie litteraire au tournant du 21e siècle; Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books, 2009) won the 2010 ReLit Prize for Short Fiction; and the novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew was co-winner of the 2012 Mona Elaine Adilman Award for Fiction on a Jewish Theme. Stuart has taught writing workshops across the country, and was the 2010 Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University. Since 2007, he has had his own imprint at Toronto’s Mansfield Press. Stuart is currently working on several poetry and fiction projects, as well as a memoir.

You can write to Stuart throughout the month of August at

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