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A Defence of Plagiarism That I Totally Stole from Kenneth Goldsmith

Avant-garde poet and literary provocateur Kenneth Goldsmith has dedicated himself to what he calls “uncreative writing” – that is, creating art out of found texts he copies out whole. His book Day, for example, consists of every word printed in the September 1, 2000, edition of The New York Times, the classifieds and stock pages included.

“I want the blur in there,” an Interview with Hoa Nguyen.

by James Lindsay

The Proust Questionnaire, with Robin Leblanc

If there's one public service that is guaranteed to earn a ticket to the Canadian section of heaven, it's promoting good beer. So clearly Robin Leblanc and Jordan St. John are doing the beer gods' work with their new book, The Ontario Craft Beer Guide (Dundurn Press).

Work Lit

Many of the reviews I’ve received for my books so far have made some reference to the idea that I tend to write about people who work for a living. I’m not complaining – honestly, I’m delighted that enough such reviews exist to be able to spot a trend, and complaining is verboten, anyway – but it does sometimes feel as though I am being singled out for having discovered an exotic tribe, a strange subculture of people whose life rhythms are dictated by work schedules and the arrival of paycheques.

Writers on Donald Trump

Some literary smarm and alarm to mark the occasion of the wildest, most Godwin's Law-baiting political nominating convention ever.


“Trump is a pugnacious idiot with no real understanding of how government works.” – Stephen King


“Just yesterday I was wondering if Trump studied Rob Ford as example of narcissistic clown getting away with stuff. But now the joke's over.” – Andrew Pyper


The Dirty Dozen, with Adrienne Gruber

"Buoyancy Control is not a book for the faint of heart... Here are poems that burst like fireworks," said Rachel Rose, Poet Laureate of Vancouver, speaking about Adrienne Gruber's raw new collection.

Buoyancy Control (BookThug) is about the sea, it's about the body, and it's about sexual identity. Its language, simultaneous languid and powerful, sprinkled with humour, is evidence of a writer with creative energy to burn.

Art vs Writing, Writing vs Art

On the Ploughshares blog author Annie Weatherwax writes about the connections between visual art and literature, going so far as to say the former gave birth to the latter. Writing and art, she claims, are so inextricably linked in the human brain that there is very often a natural overlap in aptitudes – many writers like to paint, draw, or sculpt, just as many artists feel an urge to write. As examples, she offers Gunter Grass, John Updike, S.J. Perelman, Flannery O’Connor, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and more.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with James Bartleman

Former lieutenant governor of Ontario James Bartleman's life has been an inspiration to many. From early childhood poverty to his rapid rise as a diplomat and eventually to the province's highest honour, he broke barriers and empowered others to dream of following in his footsteps. He made history as the first Indigenous person to attain the position of lieutenant governor in Ontario, and now he shares his inspiring life story in Seasons of Hope: Memoirs of Ontario’s First Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor (Dundurn Press). In the book, he credits learning to read at an early age as the first important step that led him to his future successes.

The Word on the Street Announces Author Line Up & New Attractions!

Following a successful move from Queen's Park to the newly revitalized Harbourfront Centre in 2015, The Word on the Street is set to continue its reign as Toronto's premier literary event in 2016.

The festival has just announced a star-studded literary line up, including The Book of Awesome author Neil Pasricha, TVO's Steve Paikin, award winning Newfoundland author Lisa Moore, recent Scotiabank Giller Prize winner André Alexis, and many others.

Service Industry Hell (Part 3): Rats in the kitchen and drunk girls on the floor

A lot of the inspiration for my new book, Congratulations On Everything, came from the things I saw while working in bars, restaurants, and hotels, and from the experiences of friends who did the same. Recently, I asked people* on Facebook and Twitter to send me their wildest stories of working in the service industry trenches - in part to show that, however cringey things get in the book, the reality is worse. But also because I find these inherently fun to read.

Writer In Residence

July 1, 2016-August 1, 2016

Nathan Whitlock »

Nathan Whitlock’s award-winning fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Toronto Life, Report on Business, Flare, Fashion, Geist, Maisonneuve, and Best Canadian Essays, and he has appeared on radio and television discussing books and culture. He is a contributing editor for Quill & Quire. He lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

You can write to Nathan throughout the month of July at

JF Robitaille: Minor Dedications


Random reads

Jewels and Other Stories

Jewels and Other Stories

(TSAR Publications, 2010)
Spare, subtle and beautifully crafted short stories. A significant contribution to the underappreciated genre of short story.

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