salamander girls and some advice of my own

A Good Night for Salamander Girls Last night I attended a reading in Canning, Nova Scotia. Harrison Wright launched his first book, a memoir called Probing Minds, Salamander Girls and a Dog Named Sally. (Although a little late, I managed to sneak in and get a seat right in front of the author.)Local artist, Ron Hayes’ gallery, The Art Can, was packed with people waiting to hear the newest voice from Gaspereau Press. What a voice it is! Harrison’s images are clear, his storytelling engaging and humourous. Most wonderful of all is that for every bit of laughter he conjured

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TAR Stop in Blogville: Tips from a litmag fiction editor

I’m just home from a wonderful week in Toronto. (Will share the details – I met Michael Ondaatje, how’s that for a teaser? – soon.) In the meantime, I’m pleased as punch to let my wise, wonderful writing mentor and friend, Richard Cumyn, take the wheel at Incidental Pieces. Not only is he a kick-ass writer, but Rich is also the fiction editor at The Antigonish Review. (Canada’s Eclectic Review since 1970) I asked him to pass along some helpful hints for writers looking to submit to literary journals. As always, he came up with wit, wisdom and more. TAR

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you are the 5th of May

I’m always amazed when a given date ends up being significant in my life for more than one reason. I know, statistically speaking, the older I get the greater the likelihood of this happening…but it’s still a beautiful thing. For instance, my sister had her first child on her birthday. My grandmother was born on the 4th of July and her husband (my grandfather) was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Perahps their being holiday babies had something to do with their courtship…I’ll never know. My first apartment in Chicago was on West Farwell in Rogers Park. It was a brilliant,

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quit picking on him, you bullies!

In a recent interview with LA Weekly, Jonathan Safran Foer was quoted as saying, “I am probably the most hated writer in America.” I worry about the guy. I’m not kidding. But then I tend to fret over people, worrying about their well-being, if they’re happy in their lives…maybe it’s genetic. My mother does this too- in a wonderfully sweet way…she worries over people…whether she knows them, or not. It seems Jonathan has been getting his share of flack since the launch of his latest, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Critics have called the work, ‘gimmicky’, and many of his

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