Michael Robotham tells the story of how an email exchange with a reader turns into a standoff in a hotel corridor. He told his story live at WordFest 2014, which was held at The Banff Centre in October 2014.
Monique Polak tells the story of how teaching her husband the “niceties of life” led to a case of mistaken identity. She told her story live at This Really Happened at Blue Metropolis in April 2014.
Giller-prize winner Sean Michaels on moments of real connection with Russians he met online on couchsurfing.com. He told his story live at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival in April 2014.
Sound design in film is often overlooked. In part, this is because good sound design doesn’t announce itself the way a flashy visual sequence might–in fact, when it’s done right, we barely notice the sound at all. It can quietly manipulate while we attribute all the heavy-lifting to the visuals: “I saw a great film last night.”
In the beginning my desire to write was about me. It was about trying to see who I could be, what I might be good at and where I might find a community to belong to. Now, being a writer, being a parent and being a professor are all part of participating fully in the culture that sustains me. I feel that there is no better way to demonstrate how varied and valuable I think Canadian culture is than to devote my life to producing, promoting and teaching CanLit.