Category Archives: Writing

Convergence 2016 Writers Weekend

Looking for a way to use your writing talents to inspire and guide a progressive 21st century? Join renowned Canadian authors J. Edward Chamberlin and Sharon Butala for Convergence 2016: The Spirit in the Landscape, a special weekend writers’ retreat … Continue reading

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Postmodernism? Or Social Control?

“The writer is meant to be the faithful witness of everyman and should therefore be neither within society nor without.” —John Ralston Saul[1] Are the techniques of postmodernism in literature truly revolutionary? Or just another subtle mode of social control? Putting … Continue reading

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Morita-Cole launches memoir of Japanese internment

Nelson author Diana Morita-Cole launched her memoir, Sideways—Memoirs of a Misfit—at New Denver’s Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre the afternoon of September 12 to a full house. Many in the audience, both friends and fellow writers, had travelled 100 kilometres from … Continue reading

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Margoshes’ Wager a Novel Leap of Imagination

INTRODUCTION: This week I’m featuring an interview with novelist Dave Margoshes, whose earlier novel Drowning Man I reviewed favourably in this blog on November 17, 2014 as The Lost Kootenay Novel. (See Book Reviews thread.) This year the prolific Margoshes … Continue reading

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Dee Hobsbawn-Smith: Three Books, Many Roads

Food, big sky, horses, love, loss, redemption. How Canadian is that? To find out, check out one of the readings by Saskatchewan-based author dee Hobsbawn-Smith, who will be visiting the north Slocan Valley as part of her Western Canada tour. … Continue reading

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The Lost Kootenay Novel

“…a man in deep waters, just about to go over his head.” —Dave Margoshes, Drowning Man I believe I’ve found the ‘lost’ Kootenay novel—Dave Margoshes’ 2003 book Drowning Man. This superbly crafted work of literary fiction continually astonishes the reader with … Continue reading

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Children’s Ghosts Spring Tour 2014 Pt. 1

One theme has emerged for me during this book tour—community. Community and connection, which are obviously closely related. It was a whirlwind tour, one that often left me exhausted and frequently exhilarated. Living in a tiny village has helped teach … Continue reading

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