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The National Post: Dear Author

“What I didn’t acknowledge is that the act of writing about trauma, about our secrets, about our shame, may indeed be brave, but it is important to give ourselves permission to be weak. In a new age of constant online vitriol, we are instructed to steel ourselves against the world, to be […]


Recent Reviews

A review of Michelle Orange’s This is Running for Your Life in Quill and Quire.
the game is an organic beast, constantly moving and changing in a way that is impossible to pin down. The length of the season – the forgiving (but also punishing) number of games – means hope is almost […]

The Literary Life of RA Dickey

Illustration by Chloe Cushman

The Literary Life of RA Dickey
“I’ll never forget my first public book signing,” he says. “I’ll bet no less than 15 or 20 people in that line leaned across the table, people I’d never even seen before that day, to tell me they were abused at some point in their past, and […]

The Feminine Mystique at 50

In the National Post:
…People asked me why I hadn’t taken my husband’s name. When we met with a mortgage broker he wouldn’t look me in the eye or address me directly. Mail came to the house addressed to “Mrs. His First Name His Last Name” and “The His Last Name Household.” […]

On not putting yourself out there

As writers feel more and more pressure to be 24/7, real-time public figures, we need to consider those who are disclosure-averse, who prefer to hide away and let their work stand as they have constructed it. We commonly celebrate living openly as a courageous act, being “thick-skinned” as a virtue, yet […]

The Walrus Reads: Review of Sweet Jesus

In the December issue of The Walrus, a review of Christine Poutney’s Sweet Jesus

“A man in a clown suit delivers a pizza to his dying, Vogue-reading boyfriend. He places the pizza on the bed and retreats to the bathroom to remove his wig, and upon examining his dandruff thinks, “Even in the […]

From The National Post

What can’t be published: A month-long effort to document a sexual assault led to a detailed, engaging piece too difficult to read
“Writing is risk, yet for me, personal protection is always superseded by the purpose of the craft; it is an act of figuring out a feeling, a way of lending structure to an […]

From The Walrus

A Girl’s Life: Marjorie Celona’s coming of age novel, Y, tells a familiar story of female suffering
“While the male Bildungsroman , such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, or The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, tends to involve the acquisition of power, the experience of adventure, or the act of […]

Recent Things

“Leanne Shapton asks the question so many of us are embarrassed to articulate — what is the implication of coming very close to greatness, of very nearly grasping it, yet falling short?” A review of Swimming Studies in The National Post.
“We have been fooling ourselves that narrative and plot, and the gleeful […]