The Spirits Have Nothing to Do with Us brings together nine stories from both emerging and published writers including Anna Ling Kaye, Lydia Kwa, Eddy Boudel Tan, Isabella Wang, and Bingji Ye, whose story is translated by Woo himself.
Eric Kostiuk Williams’s collection of party posters immortalizes Toronto’s pre-COVID queer nightlife
2AM Eternal: A Decade of Queer Nightlife Posters + Comics will be published in a large format paperback on May 30, by New York state–based press Secret Acres.
Carol Shields Prize for Fiction shortlisted authors on their work and what being shortlisted means to them
The five writers shortlisted for the prize hail from different parts of the continent and their books differ widely in style and form, but each work contains important stories its author needed to tell.
White Riot presents multi-faceted view of anti-Asian racism through the lens of an early 20th-century riot
Kai Thomas on unearthing lesser-known histories in his debut novel
In the Upper Country follows Lensinda Martin as she finds a home among a community of formerly enslaved refugees living in southwestern Ontario during the mid-1800s.
New art book gives textile artist Mariette Rousseau-Vermette her overdue recognition
Toula Drimonis on her runaway success and Quebec’s politics of immigration
We, the Others: Allophones, Immigrants and Belonging in Canada (Linda Leith Publishing) chronicles Drimonis’s own family history and delves into the discrimination faced by Italians, Jews, Cambodians, Vietnamese, Sudanese and Syrians in the province.
Slam Coalkan poetry anthology celebrates work of Indigenous slam poets
A joint event put on by the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) and the Festival of the Peripheries (FLUP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is commemorated in an anthology published by Kegedonce Press.
Martha Schabas on the tension between appearance and truth
“I’m interested in the comparison between what we consider a performative art and what we consider a creative one, and the point at which they might overlap.”
Harnessing the power of images to tell the real story of heroin use in Canada
In Heroin: An Illustrated History, scholar and activist Susan Boyd wanted to tell the story not only of how heroin went from prescribed drug to illegal substance, but also of the harm-reduction activists and heroin users who have mounted a sustained resistance to prohibition and called attention to the continued overdose crisis.