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In the spotlight: Jon Shanahan

I met Jon Shanahan several years ago in my writing workshop at Banff. His writing had grit and a spark to it; he wrote with a sense of humour, and obviously loved the plasticity of language. His sentences were never boring — sometimes they could be quite bold. When Jon told me that he’d gone […]

Don’t try to make it symbolic.

I was invited to a Canadian fiction class at McGill University once. This Cake was on the required reading list for the course (!), and the students had all read the book and prepared some questions for my visit. It was a surreal experience. When I wrote the stories, I hoped for readers. But I […]

The 2014 Little Bird Winner!

The winner of the Little Bird Writing Contest is Rachel Ball, author of “Woman In a Drawer.” Rebecca Lee picked her amazing story out of the 111 entries we received this year. I was surprised and delighted when I heard the news, in part because of a magic little coincidence: Rachel also happens to be […]

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