photo: Martin Riese

Ah, Paris

The review of Eva Salomon’s War by Gabriella Goliger was followed by photos taken in one of the novel’s settings. And here I am, following up a review of a […]

photo: Martin Riese

French Exit

“All good things must end,” said Frances Price. (Chapter 1, French Exit) Review of French Exit by Patrick deWitt (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.)Reviewed by Jane Christmas There is something about […]

Ties that Bind: Washington Black

“That was how it began: me and Big Kit, watching the dead go free.” Finding the ties that bind: Review of Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, published by Patrick Crean Editions, […]

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Dodging Dominion

Here is a taster for the upcoming book review by Barbara Sibbald, of Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. The slave, Washington Black, explains why he chose to stay with his […]

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Nijmegen

Earle Birney is perhaps best remembered for his poems “David” and “Bushed,” which were mandatory reading in schools for a time. Birney was a poet, novelist, professor — and soldier.  […]

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Tell Us A Story

“Where we did spend time was out on the land, a remarkable land, a beautiful land, a land not seen to this day by the most adventurous of Europeans, whether […]

photo: Debra Martens

Tel Aviv

The photo above is of the Eden Cinema on Lilenblum Street in Tel Aviv, taken October 21, 2018. It would seem the cinema is no longer in use for showing […]

War, Music, Love

Eva Salomon’s War by Gabriella Goliger (Bink Books 2018; review copy). Reviewed by Debra Martens The first person narrator of this absorbing historical novel is Eva Salomon, who is writing […]

Goliger’s King David

  “The King David Hotel sprawled at the top of a long, sloping hill. Well before I saw the smoke, I could smell the bitter odour. I could see shards […]

Refuge

More than one character seeks refuge in Merilyn Simonds’s wonderful novel, Refuge (ECW Press 2018 review copy) —  about aging, memory, lies, the stories we tell ourselves and others, and […]

Reading Abroad

I met Merilyn Simonds on a sunny June day in Toronto to discuss what she might write for Canadian Writers Abroad. Happily we agreed on the importance of reading the […]

Writers Summit

Let’s say you swallow the pretentiousness of the title, with its peaks and important meetings of world leaders, all contained in that word “summit” in the Canadian Writers Summit, held […]

Kibbutznik Pick

Canadian Writers Abroad has been searching for a Canadian author in Israel or Palestine. The weather here is getting warm, and so too is the search. Found: a Canadian author […]

Jenna Jarvis

April is National Poetry Month, and on this last day of April, CWA is pleased to present two poems by Jenna Jarvis. Born in Ottawa, Jarvis lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, […]

The Art of Frances Itani: Review of That’s My Baby

Review of That’s My Baby by Frances Itani, HarperCollins Canada, 2017, hardcover, 345 pages. Reviewed by Debra Martens. Are artists more accessible to authors as characters because artists, as do […]

The Fascinating Fragments of Durga Chew-Bose

Naomi Guttman reviews Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NYC, 2017, 221 pages. Review by Naomi Guttman In publishing a book of creative […]

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Madeleine Thien in Palestine

Madeleine Thien’s essay, “The Land in Winter,” about her visit to the occupied territory in the West Bank and to Israel, appears in the collection Kingdom of Olives and Ash: […]

Closing 150 with Granta

The literary journal Granta published a special issue on Canada (Autumn 2017) edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thien. Single-handedly Thien has done more to promote Canadian Literature outside of […]

2018

Happy New Year! Thank you all contributors, followers, readers and supporters of Canadian Writers Abroad — including all authors. Thanks especially to CWA‘s primary patron, Scott Proudfoot. The literary journey […]

Mount’s Story

Nick Mount, Arrival: The Story of CanLit (Anansi 2017), 448 pages. Reviewed by Mark Sampson It’s perhaps no accident that the title of Nick Mount’s survey of the so-called “boom […]