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Feminist Hijabis, Masks, and Hashtags: S. K. Ali In Conversation with Jenny Ferguson

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One of my biggest insights has been this: that one book can connect with readers for so many different reasons. I’m so heartened by this realization. That we writers can write one story and diverse souls will connect with many aspects of it. I mean, I always understood this theoretically, as one learns when studying literary theory in university, but, until my book got published, I never understood the freedom this gives an author.

Genre, Influence, and Curry: Naben Ruthnum In Conversation with Adèle Barclay

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Emily Keeler, my editor when I wrote book reviews for The National Post, asked me if I had any ideas for a long-essay-short-book when she took over Coach House’s Exploded Views line. The idea for Curry came from the way I read, which is to pick up an increasing number of books around a central subject I have an undefined interest in–Emily asking that question at the right time led me to actually nail down the reasons why I’d been reading old or atypical novels, memoirs, and travelogues about India. Much of it had to do with the way that market forces seemed to want from my writing, if what I wanted from my writing was money–which, I’m afraid, is true to a not inconsiderable degree.

“Something that poems can do”: Kaveh Akbar in Conversation with Tess Liem

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On the way to a reading, Kaveh Akbar talked to Tess Liem about his debut full-length collection of poetry, Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books 2017). Among other things, the two discuss the addiction recovery narrative, writing in proximity to violence, and how to allow silence into a poem.

Domenica Martinello Wins the 2017 3Macs carte blanche Prize

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Last night at the QWF Gala and Award Ceremony, Domenica Martinello was announced as the winner of this year’s 3Macs carte blanche Prize for her essay “Ferrante In the Cellar: A Vulgar Appreciation.” Congratulations!

3Macs carte blanche Prize Finalists! Kasia Juno, Domenica Martinello, Lauren Turner

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An exciting announcement for a crisp, fall morning: the finalists for the 2017 3Macs carte blanche Prize, as selected by juror and Griffin Poetry Prize-winning Liz Howard, are Kasia Juno (fiction), Domenica Martinello (creative non-fiction), and Lauren Turner (poetry)!

Announcing the CNFC/carte blanche Creative Nonfiction Competition

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We’re doing it again! carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have teamed up to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest.

The winner will receive $750 and have their text published in carte blanche. The winner will be announced in May 2018 at the CNFC 14th Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario. .

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CanLit for Cynics: Revolutions by Alex Good and Searching for Petronius Totem by Peter Unwin

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THIS YEAR SHOULD HAVE been an auspicious one for CanLit. As Canada celebrates the sesquicentennial, it seems every newspaper, blog, and bookshop has a “top 150 Canadian books” list to push. Canada’s 150th also evokes fond memories of the 1967 centennial, when CanLit was just coming into its own. But for many, those 150 lists, chock full of CanLit luminaries like Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood, are hard to stomach right now.

Ritual Nostalgia: Revising the MFA Stasis

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I DON’T REMEMBER WHEN I first heard of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, though I do remember the first time I lied to seem more impressive. I was six-years-old at the Jewish Public Library in Montréal, as was my childhood ritual. The library was a short walk away from the duplex I lived in facing a park. My older cousin was there—he was, very impressively, seven years old and a boy.

Announcing Liz Howard as the Judge of the 2017 3Macs carte blanche Prize

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We’re delighted to announce that the finalists of this year’s 3Macs will be selected by poet Liz Howard. The winner will be announced at the Quebec Writers’ Federation Gala in Fall 2017.

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