Stephen Reid, author and member of the notorious Stopwatch Gang that pulled off a high-profile string of robberies in the 1970s, died on June 12 at the age of 68.
In May, Toronto author and TV beauty expert Chantel Guertin wrapped up her Pippa Greene YA series with the fourth instalment, Golden Hour.
Zareen Jaffery, the keynote speaker at the Toronto publishing conference Book Summit, on her role as acquiring editor for Simon & Schuster’s Muslim children’s book imprint, Salaam Reads.
“I am happy,” wrote the poet David McFadden in a 2014 article for Toronto Life.
When Pedlar Press founder Beth Follett was a young woman growing up in 1970s Winnipeg, she wanted to become a poet.
I am not a writer by profession, but literature is my passion. I teach English language arts and ESL in an Edmonton junior high school. Usually, when I ask my students to write about their lives, even just their summer vacations, I’m met with whining. “I don’t know what to write!” So I was delighted when, one day in my office, a Grade 9 student named Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, who had fled the civil war in Syria, shared his secret wish: “I want to tell my story.”
“With a poem, you’re trying to say the unsayable.” As poetic manifestoes go, this one is fairly typical of Toronto’s Jeff Latosik.
When Dani Couture was 10 years old, she wrote a fan letter to the novelist Sidney Sheldon. Couture, a self–described “military brat,” was the child of parents in the Canadian Forces; she used to buy paperbacks at yard sales and flea markets on and off whatever base they were seconded to.
Ben Clanton’s Narwhal and Jelly books appeal to parents, kids, and reluctant readers
“I wanted to be a book publisher. It wasn’t much more complicated than that.”