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brainpicking author patricia mccowan

Patricia McCowan of Toronto, Ontario writes short stories and essays that bring the domestic realm to tragically hilarious light. Her faux-review of precocious writers comes out today. Check it out in defenestration. And keep reading here for an inside peek … Continue reading

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latest read: poster boy by dede crane

Gray, 16, ditches his toxic job, his asbestos-riddled school and his poisoned home, and goes mental-environmental. He turns farmhand, lives in a tent and lives clean save for his weed habit, but hey, it’s organic. Can you spell “escape”? Gray’s … Continue reading

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latest delicious read: aristide

I suppose this book is intended for kids on scooters, but whatever. Aristide visits his grandma to eat her sumptuous French cooking and explore the seaside, but he accidentally floats from France to England on his blue and white air … Continue reading

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brainpicking children’s author karen rankin

Karen Rankin is a Toronto teacher and writer of children’s stories. She writes for CM (http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/) and is currently working on a young adult novel, Stepping Into Traffic. Delve into Karen’s writer-brain here. Best time and place to write Anytime … Continue reading

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latest read: the astonishing lIfe of octavian nothing (volume 1: the pox Party)

M.T. Anderson pushes the boundaries of disturbing, fictional settings. In his novel Feed, he pitches himself into a technologically-perverse future. In Octavian Nothing, the author visits the past–the slave trade in 18th century America. Octavian is a boy who lives … Continue reading

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Writers Retreat

Five writers of fiction-for-kids-and-other immature-people converged in a cosy chalet on Georgian Bay this weekend. We could do that because of a Very Nice Woman who let us write, eat and sleep at her place. Thank you, Very Nice Woman. … Continue reading

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Best Read of the Summer: How I Live Now

Let’s get one thing straight: I rarely succumb to tears when I read a novel, but Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now left me aching, weeping and glad for my sunglasses. I was in public for God’s sake. I also … Continue reading

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Latest Read: The Uninvited

What’s not to love about Mimi? The potty-mouthed NYU sophomore in The Uninvited carries mace in a hand-knit holster and has a bad habit of lusting after men who turn out to be blood relatives. Oops. Mimi sojourns in remote … Continue reading

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