Category: Interviews

James Powell

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine is not for ten-year-olds, but I tried to read an issue at that age simply because it had belonged to my mother who’d died. I was disappointed, probably because I expected queens and knaves but found […]

How to Settle: Theresa Muñoz

Poet Theresa Muñoz was born in Vancouver, where she took a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She left at the age of 22 “to see the world” and do a Ph.D. in Scottish Literature from […]

Mulling Over Food, Writing

At the end of April we (DM, husband, daughter) took a short holiday on the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides. As this trip would involve a flight, a car rental, and a ferry ride, I felt we were going […]

Demetra on Samos

Demetra Angelis Foustanellas came late to writing. Born in 1957 in Ottawa to Greek immigrant parents — her mother from Samos and her father from Skopelos — she started writing about ten years ago. With a business degree from Algonquin […]

Naomi Guttman

Before leaving Canada for the United States, Naomi Guttman lived in Montreal, which is where we met sometime in the 1980s. (We both had work published in the anthology Celebrating Canadian Women in 1989.) After getting her B.F.A. from Concordia […]

Jeremy Mercer

Up a narrow rutted road, surrounded by fields, and hills at a distance, sits a large farmhouse*, part of which is owned by a man who is so enthusiastic that he is the epitome of joie de vivre. Thin, his […]

Susan Örnbratt

Susan Örnbratt (née Beck) was born in 1964 in London, Ontario, but met the other London when growing up, having visited the UK for family reasons (father from Ascot and mother from Paisley, Scotland). A graduate of the University of […]

Ann-Marie

Actor and author Ann-Marie MacDonald was in London this week to promote her novel, just released here in England by Sceptre (out in September 2014 in Canada): Adult Onset. Briefly, the main character, Mary Rose MacKinnon is a writer of juvenile […]

Eliza

— Wallflower She’s Not — A Canadian (born 1987) graduates from the University of Victoria, comes to England in 2011 to study Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on a scholarship, wins the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, […]

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Magie Dominic

Magie Dominic is a Canadian of many talents who has lived in the United States for 52 years, having been involved in theatre from the 1960s while writing poetry and essays for various journals. She recently moderated a panel of […]

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Charlie and Xixi

Who is Charles Foran? From our talk this spring at his office on Yonge Street just south of St Clair, I learned that this prolific award-winning writer is passionate about Canadian culture and literature. Both Torontonian and Montrealer, he grew […]

Talent… Hustle

On April 28, I met Charlie Foran at his new office in Toronto, to talk about his book, Planet Lolita, and about his biography of Mordecai Richler —  Mordecai:The Life and Times. Among other things, we talked about why Richler […]

Sonia Saikaley's Lebanon

Of Goats and the Lyrical

Sonia Saikaley interviews Irene Marques (PhD Comparative Literature). Marques writes in English and Portuguese and teaches at Ryerson and York universities. In 2007 she spent a year in South Africa conducting research. In addition to her many academic publications, and […]

Dust to Dust

How does one become a war poet? Suzanne Steele began by being curious about the exact colour of the Afghan dust when writing “Elegy for an Infantryman” in 2005.  She contacted DND and asked to talk to someone who’d been […]

A Cloistered Life

Jane Christmas is a Canadian writer living in England. Her recent memoir, And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life is a fall 2013 publication with Greystone Books. Christmas has written several travel memoirs, including the 2002 The […]

Pirate Queen

K.V. Johansen went to Macedonia to promote a translation of her children’s book, Torrie and the Pirate-Queen. Her trip was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Which got me to thinking. Didn’t a book tour used to mean Saskatoon […]

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 the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in 2009 for […]

Le Mas Blanc and Isabel Huggan

I am happy to be able to offer you this interview with Isabel Huggan about the writing retreat she has recently opened at Le Mas Blanc. A Canadian writer of fiction, essays and poetry who now lives in France, she […]