The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with David James Brock

Playwright and librettist David James Brock has branched out into poetry with his much-lauded debut collection, Everyone is CO2 (Wolsak & Wynn).

The poems have been described as "never resting", "fun to read" and a "combination of smart, snappy phrasing and interesting, offbeat subject matter". The collection ranges widely, touching on subject matter as diverse as the epic of Gilgamesh and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

At the Desk: Katie Crouch

Katie Crouch may be a New York Times bestselling author, but her writing space is purposefully far from grand. Today she joins us as part of Open Book's At The Desk series, where writers give us a glimpse into their workspaces and writing processes. Katie shows us the simple space where she creates her riveting narratives, including her latest novel, Abroad (Knopf Canada). Abroad tells the story of Tabitha Deacon, whose year in Italy turns into a dark, unpredictable cyclone of danger, history and secrets.

Canada Writes Announces the Finalists for the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

The English-language finalists for the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize were announced yesterday by Canada Writes and its partners, the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre. The five finalists were selected by this year's jury, Carolyn Abraham, Denise Chong and David Macfarlane, out of more than 1800 submitted stories.

The finalists are:

  • Jennifer Clark of Calgary, Alberta for February
  • Brandee Eubank of New Brigden, Alberta for Some Distant World
  • Sarah Habben of St. Albert, Alberta for Where I Am From
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