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Like most advice given to writers, the injunction to “write what you know” is misleading. more

Columns

Books and BC Distilled 2017

BC's craft distilling festival inspires me to find books about how and why we drink. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

The novelist can often better define reality than the historian. more

Columns

D.M. Fraser on the myth of cultural identity. more

Essays

AnnMarie MacKinnon reviews Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose, a "guide for people who love books and for those who want to write them." more

Reviews

Stephen Osborne on dog walking, the absurdity of online writing guides and the THE building. more

Dispatches

There may be more to reality TV than meets the eye. more

Columns

An account of the circumstances surrounding seven literary honours bestowed on a writer. more

Dispatches

There are imaginary cities for scientists, vampires, lechers and even bad students—but what about writers? more

Columns

"We are the arbiters." A piece about Canadian artistic culture and recognition. more

Prose 1 Comments

The Line Has Shattered documents a turning point in Canadian literary history: the 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference. more

Reviews

William Wallace Cook offers a literary guide to creating a unique plot. more

Reviews

For creative people who fear that the muses have deserted us, when in fact they have slipped quietly into the 21st century. more

Comix

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Paul Joseph

A reflection on the complex and often inexplicable process of bibliographic categorizations. more

Columns

Parables, cautionary tales, morality plays, allegories—the notion that we can study literary works as texts of ethics is as old as literature. more

Columns

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Crispin and Jan Elsted produce books of extraordinary beauty using techniques and traditions that date from the days of Johannes Gutenberg. more

PHOTOGRAPHY

Runner-up in the 2nd Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. more

Postcard Story Contest

A writer whose work is among the most important contributions to the literature of the Holocaust is forgotten by almost all. more

Columns 2 Comments

Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, says poetry is optional. And that your reader's crotch is the one thing you never worry about. more

FINDINGS 2 Comments

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Fafner from Wikimedia Commons

Maurice Sambert wants to write a book about authors' graves, but someone much more famous has already published one. more

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