Archive for March, 2011

There’s a tidy pile of reasons to pick up Finding the Words, a new anthology of essays edited by Jared Bland. It’s a PEN Canada fundraising project, firstly. As noted in the concise, engaging introduction, the writers donated original work, illustrator Seth donated his cover design, and McClelland & Stewart and Random House contributed production […]


I’m really enjoying the stories of Guy de Maupassant, who apparently disliked the Eiffel tower so much he’d have lunch under it, to be able to look away from it. His stories mix cynicism, amusement and sharp observation and there’s some remarkable, heartbreakingly good stuff here. From the Penguin selected stories, here’s a paragraph from […]


@alexboydwriter

18Mar11

Just a note to let folks know I’m trying out Twitter. I’m not sure I’ll be wildly active, but seems like a good way to share interesting news and updates. So far, Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has had some very insightful things to say that aren’t necessarily about film. Why should National Public Radio be supported? […]


And Also Sharks

13Mar11

Looking forward to the new book from Jessica Westhead, a collection of stories called And Also Sharks. There’s an impressive trailer now online:


Matthew J. Trafford has published fiction widely in magazines and anthologies, including I.V. Lounge Nights, and Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. He won the Far Horizons award for Short Fiction, received an honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards, and has twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Prize. His first collection of stories […]