All posts by Debra Martens

author, editor

Writers by the Dozen: Peter Wilkins’ Portraits

Last night I was at Canada House to hear Angela Hewitt and Gerald Finley perform in an enchanted evening (that was the closing song). If you have never been to […]

Partisans and Books: Antanas Sileika in Lithuania

Antanas Sileika is the author of the novels Underground (Thomas Allen and Son 2011), Woman in Bronze (Random House 2004), and Dinner at the End of the World (Mosaic 1994). […]

Canadian Buzz at the London Book Fair 2013

There were over 20 Canadian publishers at the London Book Fair this year, as well as some agents. I asked a few of them if it was worth their while, […]

Rhonda Douglas in Thailand

The Shoemaker and the Rooster: Rhonda Douglas in Thailand. Canadian Writers Abroad Mini-Interview with Rhonda Douglas Rhonda Douglas is a poet and writer based (most of the time) in Ottawa, […]

A deluge of fat words

White. White stones on the beach, white buildings, white stones in the paving of streets, white marble steps with flat red brick edging. Olive trees hiking up the hills, agriculture […]

Sibbald in Swaziland

Barbara Sibbald is the first writer to take part in the CWA mini interview, a new series that looks at why writers leave their desk to travel. She earns her […]

Christmas on Toy

Island in the Clouds by Susan M. Toy, IslandCat Editions (2012), 183 pp. Reviewed by Jane Christmas There’s a body face down in a swimming pool and a motley cast […]

Postcards

You are on a trip somewhere. You spin the rack, buy some postcards, some stamps, go sit at a cafe and write a postcard to your lover, your parents, your […]

Kate Pullinger

She found London was a place she could sink deep into, sink everything, and yet not drown. -from The Last Time I Saw Jane Best known in Canada for winning […]

Jane Austen and…

January 28, 2013, was the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. There was a readathon in Bath on the day, and by Jane Austen societies […]

Place and the Blues

“My lifelong involvement with Mrs. Dempster began at 5:58 o’clock p.m. on the 27th of December, 1908, at which time I was ten year and seven months old. I am […]

2012 Thanks

This is the last post for 2012. Canadian Writers Abroad has now been going for just over a year. Since November 23, 2011, I have posted 45 entries. The site […]

Solstice

I was thinking of wintry poems for this holiday post, and hit upon Robyn Sarah’s “Solstice.” So I emailed her to ask if I could post her poem, and she […]

Leonard Cohen Gives Back

This is not breaking news, but I forgot to mention it last week. When Leonard Cohen was awarded the Glenn Gould prize, he gave the money back to the Canada […]

When one is gone and far — Leonard Cohen

Audrey Thomas isn’t the only Canadian writer to have spent time in Greece. I almost called today’s post “resurrection man” because he resurrected his career, but I didn’t because something […]

Laurence of Africa last

Here is the last excerpt from my essay, “Laurence of Africa,” which brings us to the end of it. The focus is on the novel, This Side Jordan, which is […]

Laurence of Africa 2

This continues last week’s post, with excerpts from my essay, “Laurence of Africa.” Nearly a decade later, in her 1970 Preface to A Tree for Poverty, Laurence regrets that she […]

Margaret Laurence

Yes, the Margaret Laurence whose books they forced you to read in high school, which they really shouldn’t have done. The Margaret Laurence who wandered far from her home in […]

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