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The Great Canadian Writer's Craft Interview: Sarah Dowling

This spring, students from Malvern Collegiate Institute's Writer's Craft class conducted interviews with Canadian poets as part of a class project. The interviews will posted on The Great Canadian Writer's Craft page on Open Book throughout June and July. In this interview, poet Sarah Dowling speaks with students Kate and Solanaa.

What to Eat While Reading: Savoury Stilton Pecan Shortbread

My novel The Oakdale Dinner Club is about two women who become friends in their senior year of high school after they hand in identical answer sheets for a math test and are accused of cheating. They didn’t cheat – not consciously – but one of the two, high all-round achiever Mary Ann Gray, thinks maybe she and alterna-hippie Alice Maeda may have inadvertently read each other’s minds when they took the test. So Mary Ann invites Alice over after school and conducts a telepathy experiment between bites of some savoury Stilton shortbreads that Mary Ann’s mother baked that afternoon.

Forget Cottage Country: 8 Reasons to Summer in the City of Toronto

School’s out and the Canada Day weekend is nigh, but that’s no reason to get out of town. Stay here, and enjoy these only-in-Toronto good things instead:

1. Toronto Island

Bike down to the ferry docks on a weekday morning, take the ferry over Hanlan’s Point, and ride the paved path to Ward’s Island. Enjoy the lake breezes and views along the way. Stop for a muffin and coffee at the Ward’s Island café, cycle around Algonquin Island and admire the Island cottages, then bike back to Hanlan’s to take the ferry back to the city. An idyllic hour and a half-long country-in-the-city experience.

2. The Moore Park Ravine system in midtown Toronto

The Great Canadian Writer's Craft Interview: Stephen Collis

This spring, students from Malvern Collegiate Institute's Writer's Craft class conducted interviews with Canadian poets as part of a class project. The interviews will posted on The Great Canadian Writer's Craft page on Open Book throughout June and July. In this interview, poet Stephen Collis speaks with students Palita Timm and Jessica Glazer.

Hi Mr. Collis!

The Great Canadian Writer's Craft Interview: bill bissett

This spring, students from Malvern Collegiate Institute's Writer's Craft class conducted interviews with Canadian poets as part of a class project. The interviews will posted on The Great Canadian Writer's Craft page on Open Book throughout June and July. In this interview, poet bill bissett speaks with students Anoush and Mackenzie.

Hello bill bissett! How are you? We are Anoush and Mackenzie from Malvern Collegiate Institute. We are both very privileged to have the chance to interview you, and of course we are very excited! We hope you enjoy answering our questions, and we look forward to hearing from you!

ICYM these: Some interesting ish from around the net.

1) A fascinating piece by celebrated novelist/writer Karl Ove Knausgaard about the self-loathing that has driven his lifelong desire for fame:

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes...

To Blog or Not to Blog, That is the Question

I think of Julie Powell’s 2002 blog The Julie/Julia Project as the original food blog, or at least the first blog I heard of that paired good writing with food. But Powell’s blog, about trying every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking over the course of a year, the blog that became a bestselling book and a major motion picture, was all words, no pictures. How 2002 was that?

Social Media Bare Minimums for Authors

Have a new book coming out? Don't want to self-promote? Too bad. You must do at least these few things if you want to get the book rolling:

Word on the Street Toronto Invites Readers to Join New Summer Book Club

Last night, I went to a literary party in the Brigantine Room at the Harbourfront Centre. It was a joint celebration of the anniversaries of the Word on the Street festival (this year’s festival will be the 25th) and of the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront (this year’s will be it’s 40th) – the two festivals will be partnering in 2015.

At the party, games like poker, ping pong and Scrabble were played, I hobnobbed with some writers, and I met a baby named Felix, who could be a stand-in for baby Prince George, and who allowed me to carry him around for ten or fifteen minutes while his mother had a mini-break.

The Great Canadian Writer's Craft Interview: Lillian Allen

This spring, students from Malvern Collegiate Institute's Writer's Craft class conducted interviews with Canadian poets as part of a class project. The interviews will posted on The Great Canadian Writer's Craft page on Open Book throughout June and July. In this interview, poet Lillian Allen speaks with students Chris Goodfellow and Rebecca Richards.

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