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.
When he set off in 2019 for an artist’s residency in Prince Rupert, B.C., Jon Claytor packed his paints and canvases, but he soon found himself scribbling line drawings on his tablet to record his cross-country travels. Those collected reflections became Take the Long Way Home, published this month by Conundrum Press.
Sing in the Spring! is arranged in poetic vignettes that celebrate the sounds, sights, smells, and textures of spring, all punctuated by delightful quilt illustrations.
Consuming the stories of the Panchatantra as a child allowed me to understand the socio-cultural ecosystem I was growing up in.
“With writing, there’s nothing to begin with,” Powning says. “With photography, you go behind the camera and the image is there.”
Canada has, depending on how you count them, between 15 and 60 journals that publish short fiction. Yet the influence of literary journals on the country’s short fiction ecosystem can feel more amorphous than futile.
If such a thing as “the Canadian short story” exists, it perhaps resembles the Canadian identity in its staunch refusal to accommodate any sort of stringent definition.
When he first asked to photograph a stranger, Wayne Simpson couldn’t have imagined that he was about to embark on a years-long project that would culminate in a book of portraits and personal stories.
An impromptu decision to collaborate with a friend, Toronto cartoonist and illustrator Saul Freedman-Lawson, showed Bergman his online column could be a full-length book.