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Why Write, Part II

None of the many novels Ford Madox Ford wrote before The Good Soldier, which appeared in 1915, are read today; few people even know he…

Why Write, Part I

Unlike my other least favourite question – “What’s your novel about?” – this one, “Why write?”, is a question that writers ask themselves, usually plaintively.…

Out of the Fiery Dumpster

  Why is Canada getting such a bashing in the literary press these days?  At this year’s Kingston WritersFest, Adam Gopnik, a Canadian who lives…

Banff

Walking up from the Banff townsite to the Banff Centre for Art and Creativity one evening, I saw movement on the path ahead of me.…

Roderick Haig-Brown

A white mist hangs over the Campbell River in the mornings. The river flows swiftly and is so shallow it kicks a lot of moisture…

Heart Of Oak

I was raised almost mutely by a father who, I am sure, loved me, but with a kind of muscle love that could not be…

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For the past month I have been away from home. First in Vancouver, teaching a creative nonfiction summer course at the University of British Columbia,…