Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

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Best Eat Bird: In Conversation with Bird Eat Bird Author Katrina Best

Can you imagine walking in on someone using a public toilet and speaking to them for over a page of dialogue and then congratulating yourself on your politesse while disparaging the intruded-upon? Can you imagine thinking a date successful when your companion is texting and flirting with the waitress the entire time? Katrina Best does, in Bird Eat Bird (Insomniac Press, 2010), a collection of comedic and insightful short stories that won the Canada/Caribbean section of the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book. She will travel to the Sydney Writers Festival in Australia where the overall winner will be announced on May 21st. She is originally from the U.K. and now lives in Montreal.

Catching up with "Squishy" Author Arjun Basu in 140 Characters or More

Arjun Basu is the author of “Squishy” (DC Books, 2008), which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. He is also the author and inventor of Twisters, short stories (I'll call them) that are no longer than the 140 words allowed by Twitter. He won the Shorty Award in 2010 for these Twisters (He beat out Neil Gaiman). At last count, he has over 85,000 followers on Twitter (@arjunbasu). About a month ago when I started the interview, there were < 75,000. That is amazing.

One of his tweets, called "Life." was made into a short film, which one People's Choice Award in Filminute The International One-Minute Film Festival, 2009

From Page to Stage: The Hooked Journey with Author Carolyn Smart

Carolyn Smart is the author, most recently, of Hooked (Brick Books 2009), dramatic monologues that explore the lives of seven women, including Elizabeth Smart, Jane Bowles, Carson McCullers and Zelda Fitzgerald. Acclaimed actress Nicky Guadagni has performed the dramatic monologues in people’s homes ( Carolyn Smart is also author of The Way to Come Home (Brick Books, 1992). An excerpt from her memoir At the End of the Day (Penumbra Press, 2001) won the CBC Radio Literary Competition in 1994. She teaches Creative Writing and Contemporary Canadian Poetry at Queen’s University. You can read samples of her work here:

Sharing a Slice with This Cake is for the Party Author Sarah Selecky

Since being nominated for the Giller prize, Sarah Selecky is unlikely to need much in the way of introduction. She was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize, and longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. She has been facilitating writing workshops since 2001. Her stories are sophisticated; they range in register from somber to funny, quirky to gut wrenching. Selecky will be appearing on several other blogs this month, so please stay tuned:

AH: I want to ask about reception of the book. Were there things that people didn't get that you were surprised about? Were there things you thought would be more mysterious that people connected with?

"let words be words": in Conversation with Matt Rader, author of A Doctor Pedalled her Bicycle over the River Arno

Matt Rader is author of Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005) which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and longlisted for the ReLit Award; Living Things (Nightwood Editions, 2008) and most recently A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno (Anansi Press, 2011). He’s been nominated for the Journey Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and National Magazine Awards for both fiction and poetry. His work was featured in the Best Canadian Poetry 2008 and 2009. He is author of the chapbooks Reservations and Customs. He holds an MFA degree from University of Oregon.

From Spine to Reel: an Inquiry into the Pitfalls of Adapting Movies from Books

Some are terribly ill-advised and unwatchable: think The Road. Nothing like taking a minimalist text and putting a schmaltzy soundtrack to it, to make sure everyone knows how to feel. The Coen Brothers do much better with No Country for Old Men. They keep close to the book and are true to its lack of sentimentality.

Others we 'accidentally watch' before we read the book. I did that with Never Let Me Go and still have the book to look forward to. Maybe some of the crying I did to the movie will be robbed from the book.

Consider this: often a movie is so good you want to spend more time with it, read the book it was based on. However, rarely is the reverse true. The book does not leave you wanting two hours of moving pictures and sound.

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