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Angie Abdou on seeking permission to use First Nations stories

When I embarked on writing what would become my latest novel, I did not set out to write about Indigenous characters. I began composing a work of straight-up horror, hoping to be the next Stephen King. But that’s not how In Case I Go turned out. The connection between where I started and where I ended seems obvious now. After all, Canada’s treatment of its Indigenous peoples is horrific.

Grant Lawrence: After three tries, a Canadian indie band’s tour diaries finally yielded a book

Why now? It’s a question I’ve been asked several times about my new book, Dirty Windshields: The Best and The Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries. Why publish a memoir of 16 sordid years spent in an indie rock ’n’ roll band that sputtered to a stop way back in 2004?

Personal Essay: Writing a book about New Brunswick’s most notorious murder case involved walking some thin lines

The murder of multi-millionaire New Brunswick businessman Richard Oland, and the investigation and trial of his only son, Dennis, has captivated public attention in the city of Saint John.

Spring Preview 2017: Marianne Apostolides’s intimate memoir combines aquatic imagery and words to examine themes that are now more relevant than ever

Marianne Apostolides often bikes to an art gallery after a session of writing. Looking at things from different angles and… Read More »

Q&A: Curator Meredith Carruthers on the Governor General’s awards’ 80th-anniversary exhibition

The Canada Council for the Arts is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards with a new interactive art exhibition.