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Essay: An Excerpt from Eden Robinson

The Haisla measure of intelligence is slightly different from that of mainstream culture. Three main indicators are an ability to trace your family roots back to mythic times, not having to be told twice and being able to replicate an action after being shown how to do it. By most Haisla measurements, I am “special.”...
Durga Chew-Bose: 3 Questions

Durga Chew-Bose: 3 Questions

Sometimes what feels risky to me might seem quite guarded to readers. –Durga Chew-Bose Tess Liem: In your writing, especially in “Heart Museum,” you use repetition to create rhythm and stylize how thoughts are lodged within other thoughts within memories within reflex reactions within moods, and so on. When you talk about the way your...
Camilla Grudova: unstitching

Camilla Grudova: unstitching

One afternoon, after finishing a cup of coffee in her living room, Greta discovered how to unstitch herself. Her clothes, skin, and hair fell from her like the peeled rind of a fruit, and her true body stepped out. Greta was very clean so she swept her old self away and deposited it in the...
Flannery O'Connor reads A Good Man is Hard to Find

Flannery O’Connor reads A Good Man is Hard to Find

I wrote about this story, indirectly, a while back. Here’s an excerpt: A new story by Alice Munro in the current New Yorker had the Hound up part of the night, and just when she had begun to think that Munro couldn’t zing her anymore. The twist in plot took her completely by surprise. Cheeky,...
Bhanu Kapil: from Ban En Banlieue

Bhanu Kapil: from Ban En Banlieue

Where is the body in the poem? This is a question I have been asking a lot lately, and will continue to ask as I embark on a collection of essays about poetry. This is not a question the reader will have to ask of Bhanu Kapil‘s work though. The body is right there, in...
Jacob Wren on Leanne Simpson: Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back & Islands of Decolonial Love

Jacob Wren on Leanne Simpson: Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back & Islands of Decolonial Love

Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence, Leanne Simpson (ARP Books, 2011)       Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories and Songs, Leanne Simpson (ARP Books, 2013)         There is a short sentence I keep coming back to, only seven words: how to live as if it...
Chelsea Rooney: from Pedal

Chelsea Rooney: from Pedal

I twisted a cap off a bottle and threw it into the fire. We watched the sparks. The beer went down like water. The firelight pumped like a red heart in the night. I said, “Let’s bring Sally to the beach tomorrow.” Smirks didn’t respond, didn’t move, didn’t look at me. I could imagine them...
Lynn Coady: Four Questions

Lynn Coady: Four Questions

Frankie Barnet: Place plays a significant role in your work. Stories like “Wireless”, “Hellgoing” and “Another World” all seem to have an interest in exploring and critiquing cosmopolitan aspects of city life, as well as differences between city and country life. You yourself are from Cape Breton but now live in Edmonton. How important is...
Malcolm Sutton in Conversation with Alisha Piercy: Bunny and Shark

Malcolm Sutton in Conversation with Alisha Piercy: Bunny and Shark

Malcolm Sutton (MS): Your new novel, Bunny and Shark (BookThug 2014), centres on a Playboy Bunny who is thrown out, in a most dramatic and violent gesture, by her long-time lover. This happens to her at a critical moment in her life: when her power over men is diminishing as her body becomes less desirable...
A Few Of My Favorite Things: Children's Books

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Children’s Books

Who Built That? Modern Houses, Princeton Architectural Press, 2014 My three year-olds are technically way too young for this, but I bought it for them anyhow because we already look at houses when we’re walking and this will make it more fun. Gorgeous book. Gift appeal: wide Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson, Penguin 2014 Yes,...
Frankie Barnet on Shelly Oria: NEW YORK 1 TEL AVIV 0

Frankie Barnet on Shelly Oria: NEW YORK 1 TEL AVIV 0

NEW YORK 1 TEL AVIV 0, Shelly Oria. Bond Street Books (2014)   “I think, who is this person? That me who isn’t Israeli and isn’t American, isn’t gay and isn’t straight— who is she?” (26).   New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, Shelly Oria’s debut collection of short stories, is a book about intersections...
Daniel Zomparelli: In praise of three great first books

Daniel Zomparelli: In praise of three great first books

Misadventures by Nicholas Grider A Strange Object Press Short Fiction Grider writes a book that is about form, about structure just as much as narrative. He takes characters who wouldn’t normally be able to tell a story but makes the narration work. His stories give you just enough clues to let you settle into the...

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