All posts by Debra Martens

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Catherine Cooper and Home

Catherine Cooper, The Western Home: Stories for Home on the Range, Pedlar Press: St John’s, 2014, paper. Catherine Cooper, White Elephant, Freehand Books: Calgary, 2016, paper. Reviewed by Debra Martens […]

Hot-Rodding: Jamie Popowich

Hot-Rodding: The Idiosyncratic World of Jamie Popowich’s Chrome Kisses by Mark Sampson Few Canadian authors living abroad are writing stranger fiction than Jamie Popowich. In his new short story collection, […]

Local Lit: Amos Oz

I finished reading last week the memoir by Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness (Vintage paperback 2005 translated by Nicholas de Lange), a whacking 517 pages of rather […]

photo: Debra Martens

Green and Levine

Working in silence, alone with your thoughts, writing can be a lonely business. But have you looked at the list of acknowledgements at the back of some books lately? They […]

Art of Leaving

Canadian Writers Abroad‘s quest for Canadian authors living in Israel found an Israeli Canadian author now living and teaching in Canada, who also teaches at Tel Aviv University, and who […]

Hansen at Solstice

At the turning of the season, Canadian Writers Abroad features a poet. This time we are publishing the poems of a poet quite unlike our usual contributors: Vivian Hansen lives […]

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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 […]

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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, […]