Submitted by cbforrest on March 7, 2014 - 12:43pm
When I was fourteen, an entire wall of my bedroom was plastered with glossy centerfolds. But rather than scantily clad women, the photos were a who’s-who of boxing’s golden era: guys like Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Marvin Hagler, and Canadians Shawn O’Sullivan and Willie de Witt … with a hallowed place for this country’s most fabled pugilist, George Chuvalo.
Submitted by bpanhuyzen on March 6, 2014 - 3:56pm
Novels are big. It’s something you recognize when you’ve got a draft and you need feedback – what a big favour it is to ask someone, a friend or acquaintance or agent, to spend a dozen or more hours of her life reading something that probably needs work. I am always grateful to those who do it, and ensure they are rewarded not just with an acknowledgement and a finished copy of the book, but dinner, drinks, eternal slavery, etc. Fellow authors are good to approach for this effort, not just because of their insights as writers, but because it offers the opportunity for debt-repayment when they ask me to reciprocate with their own novels.
I never stop appreciating the gift of time and effort a test-reader grants. Thanks to all of you – I still owe you kegs of beer.
Submitted by bpanhuyzen on March 3, 2014 - 2:48pm
Well hi. This is me standing nervously in the spotlight, governing my nerves. The light is blinding, I cannot see you out there, but in this bath of white energy I see dust motes floating, falling slowly, and the momentary effect is that I am being lifted by the light, as if buoyed by its power while it conducts me into the belly of a flying saucer.
Oh. Are you still there? Right. A little writing indulgence to kick off a "hello" message at the commencement of my month as Writer in Residence for the kind folks at Open Book Toronto.
Submitted by ssmith on March 2, 2014 - 5:46pm
Submitted by cbforrest on February 28, 2014 - 1:23pm
There is perhaps no greater, more perplexing, and ultimately rewarding journey for the writer than the long enterprise to discover one’s voice – or at least the voice we’re most comfortable using in public. We are influenced by our teachers and mentors, by what we like and what we read, and most of us necessarily stumble through early years of unconscious imitation. And then one day, like hearing our voice played back to us on a tape recorder, we say “is that me, is that what I really sound like?”
Irish author Eoin McNamee has greatly influenced my writing not so much in terms of attempted imitation – for to borrow a Leonard Cohen phrase, I can hear him typing several floors above me – but by seeing a new set of blueprints set down for storytelling.
Submitted by dswan on February 27, 2014 - 6:03am
Part 4: The corporate structure of the multimedium publisher
Even I find it fascinating that as most media driven industry begins the slow destruction of their vertical structure that the future of books is probably dependent on creating a more vertical one. Of course vertical corporate structure means that a business owns multiple levels of manufacturing. For example, the car company that owns the tire company. Businesses are getting out of this.
Submitted by dswan on February 26, 2014 - 9:54am
Part 3: The past + The future = The present
If I may elaborate please. You've made it this far into my diatribe (Yay!). I promise that if what I'm saying does not make sense yet, it will soon. First, let's look at the past creative literature press.
Print as craft still exists. For instance, publishers using lithographic presses are around. Formats like poetry cards, and chapbooks still exist. In the more recent past we have the introduction of e-books, and audiobooks. We also have the introduction of online video book advertising. They generally suck, but they can grab the attention of someone scanning through press releases.
Submitted by dswan on February 25, 2014 - 10:34am
Part 2: The death of the traditional press and the birth of the multimedium publisher
That's right, I'm coining a term to describe what I have been observing. Presses that have roots tied to micro publishing already fit some of the criteria for multimedium publishing. Book Thug, for instance, publishes books, and chapbooks. So have bigger presses with simple roots – Coach House has published poetry on cards, and chapbooks if you look far enough into their history. In fact, Coach House has an e-book imprint. That is in step with multiple small presses in the US.
Submitted by dswan on February 24, 2014 - 6:58am
It's 5:30 AM and I haven't been able to sleep, so I've decided to begin posting my final series of the month. Personally, I blame my buddy Andrew -- a DJ and record producer based in Germany. Due to time difference online chats are in the middle of the night, and inevitably he shares footage from a tour -- this time last week in Russia. I hear his music (which is like coffee without the side effects) and I'm a buzz for the next 5 or 6 hours.
Submitted by dswan on February 21, 2014 - 12:43pm
As stated in the first profile that I wrote featuring Oni, my goal was to have a few questions about the place of Black/African-Canadian communities in the literary community answered. However, the answers that I received from Andrea and David actually led to more questions.
With David pointing out that the community(/ies) has little knowledge of how to get published, I reached out to Helen at Ontario Arts Council and she pointed me towards Diaspora Dialogues. I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from Diaspora Dialogues explaining what they do. If I had more time I would have loved to have done a profile on these guys. I don't, but, I hope someone does take the time to properly promote what they do. Anyway, here's the email response that they sent.