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The Word On The Street Interview Series: Michael Fraser

After a summer full of great reads, we're now firmly into the fall book prize and festival season. But it just doesn't feel like fall until our favourite outdoor festival kicks things off with bbq'd corn, tiny donuts, and of course, dozens and dozens of our favourite authors! That's right — it's The Word on the Street! This Sunday, September 25, readers across the GTA will gather at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto to listen to and talk with authors, participate in exciting programming for guests of all ages, shop directly from book and magazine publishers, and more.

The Writers' Trust announces Intriguing & Unexpected Shortlist for $25,000 Rogers Fiction Prize

We're now firmly in literary prize season, and the lists are coming thick and fast. The second of the three big annual fiction lists was announced today by the Writers' Trust of Canada — the venerable Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize shortlist consists of five titles selected by jurors Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla.

It's an interesting and somewhat surprising list, leaving off a few titles that have thus-far proved to be 2016 favourites, including Madeleine Thein's Man Booker Prize-nominated Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Zoe Whittall's timely and powerful The Best Kind of People, and Mona Awad's Amazon First Novel Award winner, 13 Ways of Looking at Fat Girl.

New Fall 2016 Children’s and YA Books! Part 1

by Susan Hughes

I’m delighted to be starting off my kid lit blog this season with a fun chat with five authors of exciting hot-off-the-press children’s books, including a picture book, a chapter book, a middle grade book, a nonfiction book, and a YA novel. Welcome to Olive Senior (Boonoonoonous Hair, Tradewind Books), Victoria Allenby (Timo’s Garden, Pajama Press), Sara Cassidy (A Boy Named Queen, Groundwood Books), Rona Arato (The Ship to Nowhere: On Board the Exodus, Orca), and Natasha Deen (Across the Floor, Orca). 

The Word On The Street Interview Series: Mayank Bhatt

It's nearly time to gather at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and celebrate Canada's amazing writing culture! The Word on the Street is this Sunday, September 25, and will feature book and magazine publishers, food tents and trucks, literary-themed organizations and stores, dozens and dozens of readings and panel discussions by authors, and programming for kids and teens. We've had the chance to talk to several of the festival authors, and today we speak with Mayank Bhatt, author of Belief (Mawenzi House), a complex and timely family story.

Shortlist announced for $75,000 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

Though it has flown somewhat under the radar, the nine-year-old Cundill Prize in Historical Literature has quietly been establishing itself as one of the leading literary prizes in the country. It's the most lucrative international award for a non-fiction book in the world, with a staggering $75,000 (US) grand prize, in addition to two Recognition of Excellence prizes of $10,000 (US) each. The prize was established by McGill alumnus F. Peter Cundill, who passed away in January 2011, and is awarded annually to an individual who has published a book that has made a profound literary, social, and academic impact in the area of history.

Featured Video: Artists Interpret New CanLit Classics at The Word on the Street

Can you tell that we're excited for The Word on the Street? We've been chatting with WOTS authors, running some awesome book giveaway contests, and generally counting down the days!

The In Character Interview with Leon Rooke

Leon Rooke has been called "a national treasure" by the Globe and Mail with good reason — his contributions to CanLit over an astounding 50 years of work have been hugely influential. And he's not slowing down anytime soon. His most recent book is Swinging Through Dixie (Biblioasis), is a formally interesting combination of two novellas and three short stories. United by place and atmosphere, the pieces have drawn comparisons to the likes of Jose Saramago or Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Contest! Grand Prize Non-Fiction Mega Book Package from The Word on the Street

Are you in need of a whole new library? Do you live for fascinating, brilliantly written non-fiction? Then don't miss your chance to win our final, grand prize from The Word On The Street this year — a huge prize pack of the best in Canadian non-fiction. Whether you want to laugh yourself silly or expand your mind, this huge list of titles has it all. This is the last of our 2016 The Word on the Street book giveaways, and we're going out with a bang!

Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature Shortlist Announced!

Canada's literary heritage is full of talented Jewish authors, including granddaddy (or, perhaps most aptly, zaide) Mordecai Richler, as well as acclaimed writers like Matt Cohen, Irving Layton, and many more.

The Word On The Street Interview Series: Cordelia Strube

Cordelia Strube occupies a unique niche in CanLit — known for both her witty storytelling and slyly comic approach to fiction, she's also praised for her keen emotional insight and layered, sophisticated narratives.

Her 10th novel is On the Shoes of Darkness, There is Light (ECW Press), which was recently shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award, and which Quill & Quire called "A masterful blend of comedy and tragedy...richly detailed and profoundly moving".

Writer In Residence

September 1, 2016 - October 1, 2016

Danila Botha »

Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she has lived in Ra’anana, Israel, and in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first collection of short stories, Got No Secrets (Tightrope Books, 2010) was praised by the Globe and Mail, the Chronicle Herald, and the Cape Town Times. It was also named one of Britannica’s Books of the Year (Canadian short stories) in 2011, and was published in South Africa (Modjaji Books, 2011). Danila has guest-edited the National Post’s “The Afterword,” and her short stories have appeared in Broken Pencil Magazine, Douglas Glover’s Numero Cinq Magazine, Joyland and more. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed Too Much on the Inside was published by Quattro Books in June 2015. She will be teaching at the Humber School for Writers in the correspondence program in 2017. She is currently working on her second novel and a new collection of short stories.

You can write to Danila throughout the month of September at

JF Robitaille: Minor Dedications


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Featured Poetry: Inheritance (Yerushe) by Peretz Markish

Inheritance (Yerushe)

(TSAR Publications)
Visit Jewish Literary Review to read more about Peretz Markish. About the book: This collection brings together in English the work of one of the most gifted and remarkable Jewish poets of the Soviet Union. Suffused with a consciousness of suffering, homelessness, and inevitably, the Holocaust, these modernist poems are meditative, elegiac, and prophetic in tone, and touch on the themes of loss, loneliness, displacement, war, and the yearning for renewal. Inextricably bound up with Markish’s Eastern European Jewish identity, they are also intensely personal, modern, and universal.

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