Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Sue Sinclair

Sue Sinclair's Heaven's Thieves (Brick Books) gets right to the heart of the questions that drive us. What is beauty? What is the point of art? How are we meant to live, and how do we engage with the natural world? These are big questions for a poet to take on, but Sinclair has proved in her past collections that she doesn't shy away from tough subjects. Fierce and original, with a focused, pared-down lyricism, Heaven's Thieves is a collection showcasing a poet who has proven herself "insightful, even — dare I say it in this secular age — soulful" (The Toronto Star).

Comic: What did Ben McNally do when he wasn't selling books?

I must have met Ben McNally weeks after moving to Canada. The details are a little fuzzy on when that was. It might have been at Harbourfront for IFOA, or maybe at Nicholas Hoare, where he was selling books when I rolled into town.

There's something I can't quite pin down, equal parts shared hippy values, a certain sense of humour, a depth of kindness that spills out of his eyes – it's a delight to know Ben. I feel like I've known him much longer than I have.

Finding a connection like that when you move to a new country, like I did, is a gift. It makes a city feel like home faster. It means the world.

“These Two Things Are One,” an Interview With Kilby Smith-McGregor

by James Lindsay

Kilby Smith-McGregor’s debut poetry collection, Kids in Triage, explores the in-betweens that exist just out of sight. Psychology/biology, art/philosophy, literature/legend all expose their connective tissue that often goes overlooked, causing the red lines that were assumed to be dividers to show themselves as illusions. Though primarily a writer of short fiction and essays, Kids in Triage brings together her first poetic works.

James Lindsay:

JF Robitaille: Minor Dedications


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