The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Ben Ladouceur

The WAR Series: Writers As Readers gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites.

Today we welcome Ben Ladouceur, the author of Lime Kiln Quay Road (above/ground press). Lime Kiln Quay Road is a long poem about the author's time spent living in a hamlet called Blaxhall, in Suffolk, England. His first full-length collection, Otter, is forthcoming from Coach House Books in 2015.

On Mystery Writing, with R.J. Harlick

R.J. Harlick's love for Canada's untamed wilds is the inspiration for the six-book Meg Harris series. The fourth in the series, Arctic Blue Death, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel.

Today, R.J. speaks to Open Book about the latest novel in the series, Silver Totem of Shame (Dundurn Press), the unique challenges facing mystery writers and forsaking a proper writing desk for a comfortable chair overlooking nature.

Open Book:

Tell us about your new book, Silver Totem of Shame.

The Dirty Dozen, with Andrew Kaufman

The curious premise of Andrew Kaufman's The Tiny Wife (Cormorant Books) is classically Kaufman. His previous books, including All My Friends are Superheroes and Born Weird were loved not only for Andrew's witty, vibrant prose, but for their perfectly odd casts of characters. The Tiny Wife follows this tradition, centring on a bank robbery that involves no money at all. Instead, the robber in question forces 13 people in the bank to part with their dearest possessions, many of which are objectively worthless.

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