Friday 2 March 2012
Is it fair to call grants for artists and their organizations “free money”?
That’s the provocative title of this segment of the Tommy Schnurmacher show on CJAD 800 Radio, Thursday, February 1, 2012.
Monday 27 February 2012
by Guy Tiphane
A visit to schools supported by Child Aid, an organization that sets up school libraries and reading programs in poor areas of Guatemala.
Tuesday 21 February 2012
By Marie-Andrée Lamontagne
Contributing editor Marie-Andrée Lamontagne’s introductory text for the French online Salon .ll. argues that literature has never thrived as much as it does today, when it has all but disappeared from sight.
[Please click on title to see the whole article.]
Contributing editors Felicia Mihali, Marie-Andrée Lamontagne, and Annabelle Moreau planning the
literary salon, October 2011.
Tuesday 21 February 2012
by Katia Grubisic
In the must and age and rainy days of those European libraries many moons ago, I was in a place that was mine; I was home. I might have been in another time; I was outside of time. Back then, I hadn’t yet published a line, and now I wait, along with thousands of other writers, for a slip of paper that reminds me not only that my words exist in the world, but that they are alongside countless other worlds. In libraries we are utterly ourselves, and we are in the best company.
Wednesday 8 February 2012
By Linda Leith
"This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love."
-- Vladimir Nabokov
Friday 3 February 2012
by Kenneth Radu
Wicked company, therefore, is to be understood as the hostile official attitude towards men (mostly men) of intellectual daring who challenged the assumptions of religion and society. Inconvenient thinkers could be imprisoned and atheists could still be executed at the time, a practice I believe some would wish to continue today. That was the purpose of the radical salon: room for a coterie of free thinkers to converse bravely on many subjects, including dangerous critiques of the ancien régime and the Church, without fear of reprisal, at least from their fair hostess.
Thursday 2 February 2012
by Linda Leith
Reminders of my Irishness are reminders that I, too, am an immigrant. They feel like friendly reminders.
Tuesday 31 January 2012
I’ve reached the point where I will forgive an opera almost anything if the music is beautiful enough and there are one or two spectacular singers. Which is very much the case here, not only with Soprano Hiromi Omura’s Leonora, who has the entire audience in the palm of her hand, but also with the darker figure of Azucena, sung by the thrilling Italian mezzo Laura Brioli.
Tuesday 31 January 2012
What I loved about Monsieur Lazhar is its
delicacy. So much of what is most powerful here is touched on glancingly. There is genius
at work in the casting and direction of the children, among whom Sophie Nélisse
as Alice and Émilien Néron as Simon are standouts, and of Monsieur Lazhar
himself, played by Algerian actor, comedian and author Fellag.
Fellag, as Monsieur Lazhar
Wednesday 25 January 2012
All this would be simpler had I had an electronic book reader, I thought on my way home. Sooner or later, it was now clear to me, I would have to surrender to the commanders of progress who want to sell us devices and an endless supply of books in electronic format.
Friday 20 January 2012
This is a fun play, and a
satisfying play, ably performed and directed at a clip by Guy Sprung in this
excellent Infinithéâtre production. Arthur Holden is a playwright to watch.
Thursday 19 January 2012
Why are so many people looking kawaii up in the dictionary? And are they the same people who are looking up get?
Monday 9 January 2012
Writers love literary awards when they win them, and they hate them when they don’t.
Friday 16 December 2011
To win it feels, still, completely improbable. It's a huge delight and a big break and an honour I'll try to keep living up to in my writing.
Thursday 15 December 2011
Wednesday 14 December 2011
When French author Annie Ernaux was ten years old, she overheard her mother conversing with a customer outside the family-run small grocery. The mother confided that there was a daughter before Annie, a six-year old girl who contracted diphtheria and who “died like a little saint.” L’Autre fille (The Other Daughter) is Annie Ernaux’s letter to the departed.
Annie Ernaux [Photo: Catherine Hélie, Gallimard]
Friday 9 December 2011
The winner of this extravagant prize will be announced on December 15th, 7 p.m. EST.
Thursday 8 December 2011
Can machines select the next book for you to read? In this view of the future, a book's DNA can be compared to your “reader DNA,” and the bookseller – no longer a human but a machine automatically channeling books to you – is guaranteed growing sales forever.
Thursday 1 December 2011
"If only I had won the Giller I would be irresistible.”
No. That’s where you’re wrong. You’ve got it backwards. You have to be irresistible in order to win the Giller.
2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Esi Egugyan www.http://www.esiedugyan.com/
Wednesday 30 November 2011
"Well, here you are at last. We've been puzzled about you for so long;
although you left behind much love and devotion, you bequeathed us very
few facts." -- Nathalie Babel, 1964
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