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Writing about bands, concerts, and new releases sounds like an obvious avenue for any writer who loves music. Yet writing about music professionally is more than just jotting down a few words about what you do or don’t like about a certain band or attending a concert and giving a gist of […]

How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 ...


Are you a painter who works with acrylic or is interested in starting? Acrylic is a paint that can be used in various ways and can help you create intriguing effects with vibrant colours. If you know how to use it right, it can provide endless inspiration for your subjects and […]

5 Books That Will Help You Improve Your Acrylic Painting




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Whether you’re new to poetry or an experienced writer, there are always more tips, forms, and techniques to learn as well as room to develop your style. Exploring different perspectives and opening yourself up to new ideas through poetry writing books is a great way to become a better writer. […]

5 Books to Help You Write Better Poetry


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Among Harvard’s collection of 15-million volumes, there are three that literally might make your skin crawl — being that they’re bound in skin themselves. A few years ago, three separate books were discovered in Harvard University’s library that had particularly strange-looking leather covers. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that […]

Harvard Discovers Three of Its Books are Bound with Human ...


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More universities and institutions have made their collections of books and images available online including the University of California, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Wellcome Library in London. University of California The University of California has made 700 of their titles available online to the public with their UC Press […]

100,000+ Art Images and Books Free Online from the University ...



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Check out today’s creative prompt. It can help inspire your next piece of art, writing, music, and more. Try creating a small work every day with our prompts to keep the creative juices flowing! Please be sure to share your creations (or links to where we can find/see them) in […]

Your Daily Muse (Creative Prompt): Finding Notes in Old Books


The shortlist for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced this morning with a great sense of suspense. And the shortlist includes… Dennis Bock for his novel Going Home Again, a Phyllis Bruce Book published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Lynn Coady for her short story collection Hellgoing, published by House of Anansi Press. Craig […]

The Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013 Shortlist Announced


It all began with a tweet. In July 2012, novelist and essayist Amanda Leduc tweeted: “Guys. Sexy #CanLit author calendar? Proceeds to libraries? Yes????” Avid reader and self-proclaimed die-hard Canadian Literature fan Allegra Young responded the next day with an enthusiastic “YES SO MUCH YES” and a request for Joseph […]

Flipping the Page | Bare It For Books: Going Nude ...



“In 2013, it has come to this: Asking their customers for donations.” This recent article from the New York Times probably comes as no surprise to many who have followed bookstore news over the past couple of years. Remember the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie You’ve Got Mail? It used to be small independent […]

Flipping the Page | Bookstores Cannot Be Charities


The ebook v. print book debate is generally presented as a simple dichotomy. Traditionalists prefer the tactile experience of physical books, while other readers prefer the convenience that ebooks offer. However, what interests me isn’t so much what readers prefer — there will always be advantages to each format, and […]

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The finalists for the 2013 Trillium Book Award were announced today with six English and five French books shortlisted. Also shortlisted were three titles for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language and three titles for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language. English Finalists for […]

2013 Trillium Book Award Finalists Announced



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WE HAVE A WINNER! We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Randy “Macho Man” Savage Birthday Prize Pack is none other than Evan Munday! Evan correctly answered that Randy Savage’s character in the 2002 Sam Raimi film Spiderman was “Bone Saw.” Evan will have be able to […]

CONTEST: Win A Randy “Macho Man” Savage Birthday Prize Pack


The Crystal Palace out this fall with Mansfield Press is Carey Toane’s first collection of poetry. Carey is a writer, editor and the founder of the Pivot reading series and co-founder the vending machine journal Toronto Poetry Vendors. She is currently an MA student at Faculty of Information and Media […]

FANTASTIC FOUR: The Debut of Four Fall Female Poets – ...


When Mike Holmes first came up with True Story the idea was to create a collaborative comic strip. After the autobiographical strip This American Drive came to an end, the Halifax based cartoon artist was looking for new material, but the idea of organizing a comic strip where readers are […]

True Story – Illustration and Real Life collide



Canadian author Miriam Toews has recently released a new novel, entitled Irma Voth. Toews’ work has so far garnered the attention and respect amongst a Canadian, as well as international, readership. One of her previous novels, called A Complicated Kindness, earned her international recognition as an author.  Irma Voth is […]

Miriam Toews Adds to Her Repertoire of Solid Storytelling with ...


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The Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced the jurors who will determine 2011’s recipient of one of Canada’s top literary honours. Former nominee Annabel Lyon will be joined by American novelist Howard Norman and U.K. writer Andrew O’Hagan. The Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $50,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or […]

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2011 Jury Announced