Archive for May, 2012

“Author, promote thyself.” Particularly when you have a new book. Recently, I’ve written something on the remarkably relevant Grapes of Wrath for the National Post book blog, as well as a┬áDirty Dozen interview with Open Book Toronto, and a brief article on film serials for 49thshelf.com, complete with footage from Zorro’s Fighting Legion (bonus!). If […]


I’m not sure how I’ve gone so long without reading Iris Murdoch, but she’s a remarkable novelist. I’d like to reproduce a scene that’s both terrific writing, and demonstrates the ability of a novel to get inside a character’s head and put the reader inside an experience the way film (as much as I love […]


Mark Callanan is the author of Scarecrow (Killick Press, 2003) and Sea Legend (Frog Hollow Press, 2010) shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award. Most recently, he has published Gift Horse with Signal Editions. God is a definite presence in Gift Horse, though it’s hard to find swift justice here. God seems to have created […]