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Rediscovering Winterson: On Her Bold and Painful Memoir

I’d sort of given up on Jeanette Winterson. I had discovered her novel Sexing the Cherry in a small independent bookstore in Montreal, when I was doing my BA at McGill, and it was a revelation. I didn’t know...

On Marriage, Motherhood and Freedom: Rachel Cusk and Her Furies

You get funny looks from your friends when you go around recommending a book called Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation. They can barely conceal their curiosity; or else they wonder silently about your domestic situation, tilting...

Saint Obama and the Dragon

It was very interesting to finally sit down, October 16th, and watch the second presidential debate for the 2012 American election, because it’s what my characters, Connie Foster and her friend Mary-Beth, do at the beginning of my novel, ...

Dressing The Heroes

Robertson Davies once described the serious book person (counting himself among them) as valuing “beauty and associations.” He went on to say that “we should not be sneered at because we like our heroes well dressed.”

It is therefore safe...

Canada in Space: Looking Ahead

As I wrote in yesterday’s post, Canada has a long, even storied history in space. From five decades of satellite...

Canada in Space: And you thought “Alouette” was just a song…

I suspect that few Canadians know very much about our nation’s contribution to space science. Sure, the chests of many of us swell with pride when we see the famous “Canadarm” doing its thing in the space shuttle’s cargo bay. But beyond that?...

Tracing the Roots of Up and Down

While it may no longer be fashionable in some literary circles, I am a member in good standing of the “write what you know” school. There are pieces of me strewn about my three novels, though not in an autobiographical sense. I just find I write...

A Visit from Doris

This week’s guest blogger is CS Richardson, author of the recently published The Emperor of Paris.

The Man Behind the Curtain

This week’s guest blogger is CS Richardson, author of the recently published The Emperor of Paris. 

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What I’ve Learned from Designing Books

This week’s guest blogger is CS Richardson, author of the recently published The Emperor of Paris. 

I am a writer of novels: it is what I do.