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The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Bruce McDougall

Part mystery, part family story and part coming-of-age tale, Bruce McDougall's newest book is the short story collection Every Minute is a Suicide (Porcupine's Quill). The collection revolves around a father's disappearance and his son's attempt to find answers over the long years that follow. Eventually, the now-grown son finds himself — in more ways than one — in the darkness of a brutal Yukon winter.

A witty, clear-eyed take on the struggle to find one's place in the world, Every Minute is a Suicide is a great addition to any short fiction reading list.

IFOA Podcast: Michael Crummey on Storytelling

The powerhouse contingent of east coast writers in Canada shows no signs of slowing down. One of our most successful eastern scribes, Michael Crummey, recently landed on Governor General's Literary Award shortlist, for his new novel, Sweetland.

At the 2013 iteration of IFOA, Crummey was joined by Wayne Johnston and Peter Robinson for a discussion about the importance of setting in their stories. Now you can check out this fascinating discussion at the IFOA website. In the recording, Crummey observes that “Storytelling in Newfoundland was how people entertained themselves and … how they kept history alive.”

Charlotte Gray captures 2014 Toronto Book Award!

Acclaimed author Charlotte Graywas awarded the 2014 Toronto Book Award for her non-fiction book, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial That Shocked a Country (HarperCollins Canada) last night at Toronto's Reference Library.

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