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Interview: Eliza Robertson talks #CanLit


by Eliza Robertson
(Bloomsbury USA,

Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island. Her stories have been shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Her first collection of stories, Wallflowers, came out with Hamish Hamilton Canada and Bloomsbury this year. She lives in England.


In conversation with author Doretta Lau

Photo: flickr/Florin Gorgan
Yutaka Dirks interviews author Doretta Lau and reviews her debut collection of short stories 'How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?'

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Doretta Lau sets a new standard in Canadian literature

How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

by Doretta Lau
(Nightwood Editions,

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| November 21, 2013
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'Hellgoing' piles on life's uncertainties and allows characters to crawl through


by Lynn Coady
(House of Anansi,

Congratulations to Lynn Coady for being shortlisted for the Giller Prize for this collection of short stories.

The short stories in Lynn Coady’s new collection Hellgoing scratch beneath the surface of everyday life, revealing the inner lives of characters who find themselves at odds with the social roles they inhabit. This struggle between public appearance and private life is everywhere in Hellgoing.

Among the uncomfortable people who populate these stories are an ambivalent nun, a high-functioning alcoholic, a conflicted landlord and an ageing ukulele player.



Book: Red Girl Rat Boy

September 24, 2013
| Author Cynthia Flood has just come out with a new collection of short stories. The stories range from left-wing life in Vancouver in the 1970s to the personal politics that exist within families.
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'Everything Is So Political' interprets 'What is political?' into a diverse and memorable marriage of art and politics

Everything Is So Political: A Collection of Short Fiction by Canadian Writers

by Sandra McIntyre (editor)
(Roseway Publishing,

In a 2005 interview with Salman Rushdie, interviewer Jack Livings of The Paris Review asked a seemingly simple question of the author: "Could you possibly write an apolitical book?" Rushdie, known for his novels with overtly political themes, replied that he had "great interest in it," using the example of Jane Austen, whom he said could "explain the lives of her characters without a reference to the public sphere."


| May 21, 2013

Review: Power grab: Examining gender dynamics through prose and allegory

How To Get Along With Women

by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
(Invisible Publishing,

The 11 stories in Elisabeth de Mariaffi's debut story collection, How to Get Along With Women, take place in locales as diverse as Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Marseille, France. The stories are intimately linked to their particular settings; in each, de Mariaffi explores how the characters' actions are shaped by their geographical, historical or political place in the world.


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