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December 2011- Archives

The Canada Writes Top Three of 2011

As the year draws to a close, we're looking back on our three favourite features so far on Canada Writes....

Alan Bradley takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The Arthur Ellis Award-winning writer offers up murder, mayhem and mistletoe with his latest Flavia de Luce mystery -- but now it's our turn to do the sleuthing.About the Laferrière Questionnaire: We asked writer Dany Laferrière to reinterpret the Proust Questionnaire for the 21st century. He put together 20 questions that...

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Ilana Weitzman: The vegetarian editor

In her final Food for Thought blog, the editor-in-chief of Air Canada's enRoute magazine explains why you don't have to eat a food to write about it....

Robert J. Wiersema vs. Timothy Taylor: Review or eschew?

We've teamed up with The Next Chapter to present The Canada Writes Literary Smackdowns, an essay series in which authors sound off on various writing topics. No writers were injured in the making of this series.Battle Three: Should authors write book reviews? Robert J. Wiersema is a veritable reviewing machine, while Timothy Taylor...

Nobu Adilman takes the Edible Nonfiction Challenge

The culinary Renaissance Man and Food Jammer throws his hat—or in this case, octopus—into the ring with his piece of Edible Nonfiction, "Getting Squiggly on the Beach." ...

Food writing: The good, the bad, and the regurgitated

For the latest course in our Food for Thought series, we have a chat with enRoute magazine editor and Edible Nonfiction Challenge judge Ilana Weitzman on the highs and lows of food writing....

Taras Grescoe takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

We hook some writing wisdom from the author of the seafood-tastic Bottomfeeder in our very own version of 20 questions, courtesy of Canadian author Dany Laferrière. About the Laferrière Questionnaire: We asked writer Dany Laferrière to reinterpret the Proust Questionnaire for the 21st century. He put together 20 questions that shine a...

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Food writing wisdom from Christine Cushing

The award-winning cookbook author and host of Fearless in the Kitchen on the most important ingredient in good food writing: the writer....

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Five tips for better food writing

The editor-in-chief of Air Canada's enRoute magazine, Ilana Weitzman, has served up features so delicious, they've won a slew of honours—including a Bert Greene award, the gold standard in food journalism. Here, Ilana offers some wisdom on how to boost the calorie count of your next story....

Adam Gopnik: Questions of food

In this excerpt from his book, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food, The New Yorker columnist and 2011 Massey Lecturer Adam Gopnik reflects on the roots of our current food obsession....

Ilana Weitzman: Get them to the Greek

In her second blog entry, the editor of Air Canada's enRoute magazine savours her favourite food story in the magazine—and the matchmaking between an eccentric restaurateur and a notoriously prickly food writer that made it happen....

Adam Leith Gollner takes the Edible Nonfiction Challenge

The author of The Fruit Hunters gets us salivating with his celebrity entry, "Breakfast in Ischia." Never has a still-live crustacean sounded so good. ...

Ilana Weitzman: Food writing to die for

As part of our "Food for Thought" series on great food writing, the editor-in-chief of Air Canada's enRoute magazine serves up some lethal food writing, courtesy of Carol Shields....

New food writing series launches today

Sharpen your knives... and your pens. From Dec 12 to January 3rd, we're tucking into a deliciousnew food writing challenge (Edible Nonfiction challenge) and online master class (Food for Thought)....

Amy Rosen takes the Edible Nonfiction Challenge

The National Post food columnist tugs at our heartstrings with her celebrity entry, "The Yellow Fluff that Binds."...

Writer to watch: Oisín Curran

GG-winner Peter Behrens wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Oisín Curran as a writer to watch. Read what Oisín has to say about what inspires him to write. "I met Oisín Curran in the tiny network of Mainers who live in Montreal, or vice versa. His...

New challenge launches Monday

Get ready Canada! Hot on the heels of our True Winter Tales challenge, we're launching another writing competition this Monday, December 12.We've teamed up with Air Canada's enRoute magazine to present the Canada Writes Edible Nonfiction challenge. What is it, exactly? Well, we are keeping all the details hush for...

True Winter Tales: We have a winner!

Adam Gopnik has handed us the envelope and we have a verdict: find out about the winner (and surprise runner-up) of the Canada Writes True Winter Tales Challenge....

True Winter Tales: Meet the winner

We talk to the winner of the True Winter Tales challenge, Katrina Johnston from Victoria, B.C., about her winning story,   ...

Your true winter tales

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Writer to watch: Robert W. Gray

GG-winner Douglas Glover wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Robert W. Gray as a writer to watch. Read what Robert has to say about what inspires him to write. "R. W. Gray is an amazing young writer with a startling range and emotional penetration. From dark...

Announcing the shortlist for the True Winter Tales Challenge

Well you did it again. You totally exceeded our expectations with more than 1,500 entries for the True Winter Takes Challenge!! All entries were read, and a shortlist of 15 titles was made. It's now up to our judge, Adam Gopnik, to pick the winner. The lucky person will receive...

Writer to watch: Maggie Gilmour

GG-winner David Gilmour wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Maggie Gilmour as a writer to watch (full disclosure: Maggie happens to be his daughter). Read what Maggie has to say about what inspires her to write. "What makes Maggie Gilmour a delight to read is that she...