Mary Schendlinger

Mary Schendlinger is Senior Editor of Geist magazine, and she teaches writing and publishing courses at UBC and SFU. She is the author of Power Parenting Your Teenager, The Little Greenish-Brown Book of Slugs, Prepare To Be Amazed: The Geniuses of Modern Magic and many stories, articles, reviews and comix.

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Rookie Yearbook One

The Senior Editor of Geist learns to "Wear Knee Socks with Everything" from an exceptional blog turned print book by Tavi Gevinson. more »

Jan 24, 2013 by in Reviews

Saeko Usukawa Remembered

Senior Editor Mary Schendlinger remembers her friend and Geist contributor Saeko Usukawa. more »

Jan 10, 2010 by in Dispatches (1 Comments)

Grey Matters

Diana Athill looks smooth and wise and a bit mischevious, and she wears the chunkiest, most in-your-face necklace I've ever seen. more »

Nov 23, 2009 by in Columns (7 Comments)

Sentences: Simple, fragment, run-on

A simple sentence is a whole sentence. A sentence fragment isn’t. A run-on sentence is not necessarily long. more »

Aug 11, 2007 by in Writing Tips

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Cool Yule

A review of a winter holiday show presented by The Vancouver Rainbow Concert Band, the first and only LGBTQ band in Canada. more »

Mar 19, 2014 by in Reviews

Nobody's Mother: Life Without Kids

When a group of people who have been silent begin to speak up, one of the first literary forms to emerge is the memoir. So it is with the twenty-two women whose stories are gathered in Nobodys Mother: Life Without Kids, edited by Lynne Van Luven (Heritage House). For one reason or another—twenty-two reasons, to be exact—they have chosen not to bear children; their book is among a very few on the subject (most of them published in the last few years), perhaps because, as Lorna Crozier writes, “the words used to describe [the childless condition] are negative and denote a lessening or loss.” more »

Jul 24, 2007 by in Reviews

Oxford Canadian Dictionary

Once a piece of writing has been accepted for publication, and the writer and the editor have worked out the size, shape and tone of the piece, how confidently does the Geist copy editor go in with her red pen and fine-tune it? Assuming that she cannot have memorized every rule and convention of diction, syntax, usage, spelling and punctuation, that she has instead accumulated some experience and a six-foot-long shelf of deluxe reference books, should she still have as many questions as answers? For example, does a puck rebound or redound off the boards, and is the warm weather unseasonal or unseasonable? more »

Jul 24, 2007 by in Reviews

A Complicated Kindness

Nomi Nickel, the heroine of A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (Knopf), is a bad girl. How can she help it? more »

Jul 24, 2007 by in Reviews