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Special Feature! Interview with FOLD Festival Guest Author Chase Joynt

YOLO is old news. For truly interesting stories, consider YOLT — which is both the title of and driving philosophy behind You Only Live Twice (Coach House Books), by trans writer and media artist Chase Joynt and HIV-positive movie artist Mike Hoolboom.

On Back and Forth

Much like how poetry and fiction can give perspective on inner dialogue—the stuff of conscious thought—and how it works, interviews can be displays of outer thought—the stuff of collaboration and conversation: the bricks and mortar of society. In the best cases what we witness in an interview is an exercise in empathy, two minds tossing language back and forth, trying to get at a point, and working to get at that point together. Whether that goal, that conclusion of thought, is reached is not important, and not why we play audience to the exchange. It’s the exchange itself that is significant.

Carolyn Wood, former Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Publishers, receives Janice E. Handford Award

Yesterday afternoon, the Ontario Book Publishers Organization honoured Carolyn Wood, former Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Publishers, with the Janice E. Handford Award. Wood was given the award — which recognizes "an individual who has advanced the cause of small and literary Canadian publishing” — at a reception in Toronto sponsored by Friesens. Photos of the event can be viewed and downloaded here.

Special Feature! Friends of Toronto's Type Books Look Back on 10 Years of Indie Bookselling

It's no stretch to say that Queen West just wouldn't be Queen West without Type Books. In the indie bookstore's ten year lifespan, it has become as iconic and essential a part of Toronto's west end as Trinity Bellwoods, the park that faces the beloved little shop. There isn't a book lover in Toronto who won't rave about Type, from its perfectly curated shelves to its brilliant staff. A true community destination for readings, children's programs, and most importantly, remarkable reads, Type is the rare store that has become more than a store and evolved to be a part of Torontonians' lives.

Call for Submissions! The OBPO's What's Your Story Writing Competition

Everyone has a story — what's yours? You've got the perfect chance to tell it in the OBPO's Short Prose and Poetry Competition for Emerging Writers.

The Ontario Book Publishers Organization is accepting submissions until May 9, 2016 for the competition as part of What’s Your Story?, a new series of events that celebrates the literary communities in four different community hubs: Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, and East York.

In the summer of 2016, literary events will be held in each of these neighbourhoods featuring one winning emerging author and their works (along with three established writers). There will be a total of four winning, emerging authors.

"We're All Teachers," an Interview With Michael Fraser

Michael Fraser is a high school teacher and author of two collections of poetry, The Serenity of Stone, and, most recently, To Greet Yourself Arriving. If you attended NOW Magazine’s Battle of the Bards this year at IFOA, then you had the pleasure of seeing his powerful reading of a selection of poems from his latest collection, a portrait series of significant figures in black history, from Harriet Tubman to Oprah to Basquiat. I wanted to ask him about how he picked these individuals and the relationship between poetry and teaching.

"Obsession Looks Different on Everyone," an Interview With Emma Healey

Emma Healey is the poetry critic for the Globe and Mail. Her book, Begin With the End in Mind, is a witty collection of prose poetry, a sort of Young Urbanist’s Guide to being Canadian, a 21st century Lunch Poems. Breezy and conversational, her work is able to touch on national politics and intimate relationships in close motions. I wanted to ask her about poetry criticism and how the Internet has affected it.

James Lindsay: What is it about a book of poetry that draws you to write about it? And how do you start? What's your entry point to writing about poetry?

Special Feature! Interview with FOLD Festival Guest Author Waubgeshig Rice

Author and journalist Waubgeshig Rice has been telling stories since he was a teenager. Some of those stories ended up in his short fiction collection Midnight Sweatlodge, and in 2014, his first novel, Legacy (Theytus Books), was published. Legacy is the story of a young Indigenous woman facing violence while navigating life with her Anishnawbe family. Waub recently announced that the novel will be translated into French by Les Éditions David in 2017. Waub also puts his storytelling abilities to work as a reporter and producer with CBC News Ottawa.

Profile on Amanda Earl’s NationalPoetryMonth.ca, with a few questions

One of the few Canadian websites doing consistent work for the sake of National Poetry Month is Ottawa poet, publisher and fiction writer Amanda Earl’s NationalPoetryMonth.ca, posting daily pieces throughout April since 2009. Publishing a range of visual, concrete and text works in what she calls “an annual celebration of poetry,” this year she has even moved into including audio of sound poetry.

“I Imagine the Mind Like a Cleared Field,” an Interview with Chad Campbell

Chad Campbell’s Laws & Locks is an ambitious debut collection of poetry that is part family history and part memoir. Charting the Campbell family's emigration to Canada in 1827 and shifting to the present, Laws & Locks is an unwavering look at mental health, addiction, and the immigrant experience. Using plainspoken, but moving language, Campbell uses long form sequences to paint a complex picture of the wraithlike way past generations of family affect the future. I wanted to ask him about writing habits and what he’s been working on recently.

James Lindsay: What kind of music do you listen to when you write and do you think it affects your writing?

Video of the Week

Video of the Week: Interview with Melanie Raabe, author of The Trap

How would an author catch a murderer? Through a book, of course. So starts Melanie Raabe's The Trap (House of Anansi), where a reclusive author baits her sister's murderer by writing a book that exactly follows the event of her sister's death.

Check out this interview with debut author Raabe, where she speaks to House of Anansi about the process of writing The Trap, an electric moment of inspiration at a lunch table and the experience of writing a novel within a novel.

Writer In Residence

April 1, 2016-May 1, 2016

James Lindsay »

James Lindsay has been a bookseller for more than a decade. He is also co-owner of Pleasence Records in Toronto, a record label specializing in post-punk, odd-pop and avant-garde sound pieces.He is the author of the poetry collection Our Inland Sea (Wolsak & Wynn).

You can write to James throughout April at writer@openbooktoronto.com

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Canadian Voices, Volume II

Canadian Voices, Volume II

(BookLand Press, 2010)
From the publisher: Canadian Voices is a powerful and moving collection of prose and poetry which stretches across the boundaries of age, skin color, language, ethnicity and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ordinary Canadians. This vibrant, varied sampler of the Canadian literary scene captures timely personal and cultural challenges, and ultimately shares subtle insight and compassion written by a wide spectrum of stylistically and culturally diverse authors. Canadian Voices is more than simply an anthology — it is a celebration of wonderful writing by some of the finest emerging Canadian writers of our time. ____________________________________________________

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