• A Pint of Bitter Murder With Sam Wiebe and Michael J. Clark

    by Alison Wong “Every city has their dirty laundry. I’m the laundry man.” ~Michael J. Clark Michael J. Clark’s first novel, Clean Sweep, was on display in today’s reading at the Good Will Social Club. He presented the audience with a gripping excerpt from the book, taking us down the familiar streets of Winnipeg in […]

  • A Lesson in Character Creation

    by Ariel Beynon Jim Nason begins by introducing the three main characters in his latest poetry collection, Rooster, Dog, Crow, all of whom embody individuals who appear in the second half of the narrative living on the streets. As he starts to read, the characters cease to be as transparent.  They begin to gain personalities. With […]

  • Chelene Knight and Jim Nason’s (Writing) Advice Surrounding Trauma, Home, and Parenting

    by Sylvie Côté I attended the Afternoon Book Chat at McNally Robinson today, listening to the discussion between the director of Thin Air, Charlene Diehl, and authors Chelene Knight and Jim Nason. Knight wrote a memoir entitled Dear Current Occupant, which focuses on her experience growing up in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, in which she, her […]

  • When Connections Fall Apart

    by Ariel Beynon Interaction between loved ones—between a father and a son for example—are always a part of growing up, something that Bill Gaston tackles in his autobiographical book, Just Let Me Look at You, a successful attempt to tell the story of his father’s upbringing that he never heard as a child. The reading […]

  • Laughter and Reconcilliation

    by Ariel Beynon Might as Well Laugh—one of the talks from Voices in the Circle—is about to begin.  The room is filled with people as Tenille K. Campbell and Darrel J. McLeod are introduced.  Within the first few minutes everybody is laughing. The boisterous feeling doesn’t let up when heavier questions are posed, merely retreating […]

  • The Land and the Stars: Learning Lore

    by Alison Wong From “Learning Lore”, September 23, 2018 Storytelling is central to Indigenous culture. Their teachings and beliefs are passed down from generation to generation, voices upon voices. And today, that was the goal of “Learning Lore”, to share the beliefs of the Cree and Gitxsan with people of all races. There were Asians, […]

  • Writing Craft: On Storytelling With Cliff Cardinal

    by Alison Wong   Cliff Cardinal is not known for writing stories for the light-hearted. A playwright and author known for tackling the gritty and risky side of life, his first piece of advice for the round-table of prospective writers was this: write what scares you. Write about the scary, embarrassing events and experiences because […]

  • Aboriginal, Métis, Inuit, and Native American Representation in Children’s Literature

    by Sylvie Côté Wab Kinew voices concern over Aboriginal, Métis, Inuit, and Native American representation in literature at his book launch for Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes, a picture book he wrote for his children. Happily, many children and their parents attended the event while we listened to Kinew read his work […]