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Flak Magazine features an interesting opinion piece by Robert Francis on the popularity of the literary festival in our book-challenged times. Francis argues that literary festivals and readings continue to grow in popularity because of ... Read More »

November 25, 2004 | Filed under: Book news, Opinion

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The Toronto Star has a profile on International Festival of Authors director Geoffrey Taylor, who will be overseeing the festival's 25th-anniversary run beginning this week. Writer Murray Whyte praises Taylor's friendly, laid-back style without sidestepping ... Read More »

October 21, 2004 | Filed under: Book news

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Author Rohinton Mistry was in the news a couple of years back after calling off the remainder of his American book tour when airport officials repeatedly detained him and his wife for "random" security checks. ... Read More »

October 21, 2004 | Filed under: Book news

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It should come as no surprise to spectators of the 2004 American presidential race that, like their colleagues in the music world, most American novelists are firmly onside with Democratic candidate John Kerry. What may ... Read More »

October 12, 2004 | Filed under: Book news, Opinion

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It's Bookermania over in Britain: Tuesday's shortlist announcement has the press abuzz. The early favourite to win the prize appears to be David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (which is published here by Vintage Canada); a William ... Read More »

September 22, 2004 | Filed under: Book news

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Toronto writer David Bezmozgis' debut story collection continues to generate buzz in the book world. In a glowing review of Bezmozgis' Natasha on the Salon site, former Q&Q reviewer Jana Prikryl praises the book for ... Read More »

September 2, 2004 | Filed under: Book news, Opinion

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Much has been said lately about the absence of the contemporary, urban landscape in Canadian fiction, but why are so few people writing about the suburbs, where so many Canadian authors spent their formative years? ... Read More »

August 26, 2004 | Filed under: Book news, Opinion