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February 2013- Archives

Reader Q&A with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Here's Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair on how the best stories show a breadth and complexity in life, character,...

Reader Q&A with Bonnie Dunlop

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Here's Saskatchewan's Bonnie Dunlop on how reading makes her want to write even more and...

Reader Q&A with Anakana Schofield

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Author Anakana Schofield talks about why short stories are like logs, how being a reader...

Reader Q&A with Michael Murphy

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Here's Halifax's Michael Murphy on looking for an original voice, his bout of fisticuffs with...

We have a winner: The Tweet Your Own Horn Challenge

It turns out that Canadians really are humble—braggers, that is! There were so many great entries our readers and judges had a hard time choosing.  This is what judge Terry Fallis had to say: "I loved the wit in this one. When I hit the word 'campers' I laughed out loud,...

Tweet Your Own Horn Challenge: Meet the winner

We talk to the winner of the Tweet Your Own Horn challenge, Stephen Barredo, about his winning tweet....

Reader Q&A with Suzette Mayr

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Novelist Suzette Mayr talks about being surprised by how many stories ended in death and the...

Reader Q&A with Greg Kearney

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Here’s Greg Kearney on keeping things simple....

Reader Q&A with Tess Fragoulis

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Here's Montreal's Tess Fragoulis on how a good short story is like a punch to...

"Tweet Your Own Horn" All-Stars Part 2

We'll be announcing the winner of our “Tweet Your Own Horn” writing challenge on Monday, February 25. In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our intrepid readers from Random House of Canada, Goose Lane Editions, HarperCollinsCanada and ECW Press.Just to recap, we've been looking at the art...

Reader Q&A with Tom Abray

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Here's Montreal's Tom Abray on how there really is no margin for error when submitting...

"Tweet Your Own Horn" All-Stars Part 1

We received more than a thousand humblebrags for our "Tweet Your Own Horn" writing challenge. A big thank you to publishers Random House of Canada (Lindsey Reeder), Goose Lane Editions (Colleen Kitts), HarperCollinsCanada (Cory Beatty) and ECW Press (Sarah Dunn) for loaning us their social media experts to help read...

Reader Q&A with Cherie Dimaline

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Here's Toronto's Cherie Dimaline on how the best short stories are like the most innovative and...

Reader Q&A with Kevin Chong

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Here's Kevin Chong on precision storytelling and bowling with George Bowering....

Bestselling author Terry Fallis: "Books don't market themselves"

Terry Fallis, the Canada Reads winner for The Best Laid Plans, talks about bringing an engineer's sensibility to his work, a Margaret Atwood tweet that made his day, and what he is looking for in our upcoming Twitter competition. ...

Reader Q&A with Grace O'Connell

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the best. Here's Toronto's Grace O'Connell on how great short fiction doesn't read like real life—but rather...

CBC Short Story Prize: The longlist

Here it is. The moment you’ve been waiting for… The announcement of the 32 titles on the longlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize. It was a lot to get through, but our 12 professional readers diligently read and considered the thousands of blind submissions we received for this...

TYOH Q&A: Lindsey Reeder

Random House Online Marketing Coordinator Lindsey Reeder talks about why she loves her job, why Twitter is a great platform, and how the meaning of "book tour" has changed in the age of social media. ...

TYOH Q&A: Colleen Kitts-Goguen

Goose Lane Editions acquisition editor and publicist, Colleen Kitts-Goguen, talks about why authors need to have a presence on social media, the future of the book tour, and how there's no such thing as bad publicity. ...

Top 5 Twitter tips for children's book authors and illustrators

Consolidate, make it visual, and share the love—Kids Can Press gives their advice on how to use Twitter.  ...

TYOH Q&A: Jenna Illies

ECW publicist Jenna Illies talks about why having a social media presence is important, how she lost faith in an author after a Twitter "freak-out", and why she likes social media contests that require creativity....

TYOH Q&A: Cory Beatty

Cory Beatty, Marketing Director at HarperCollinsCanada, on who is responsible for marketing authors, why YA writers should be active on social media, and why he loves his job....

Your publisher on Twitter (and other social media)

As part of the TYOH series, we asked some Canadian publishers to tell us how they use social media, what role it plays in promoting books, and their suggestions on how best to use it. ...

TYOH Q&A: Sarah Selecky

Author Sarah Selecky is on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. For her, social media is "all about what you can give, not what you get."...

TYOH Q&A: Nicolas Dickner

Nicolas Dickner, author of Nikolski, talks about hearing news about his book via Twitter, why he likes blogging, and the coercive side of the Zeitgeist....

TYOH Q&A: Ami McKay

Author Ami Mckay talks about Twitter as "an online street party," how she met Jann Arden, and why you should always pay attention to the rules of social networking sites....

TYOH Q&A: Kate Pullinger

Author Kate Pullinger kicks off our "Tweet your Own Horn" series with her insights on using Twitter, what she enjoys about promoting her own work, and interacting with her readers....

Introducing our "Tweet Your Own Horn" series

In our new series, "Tweet Your Own Horn" (or TYOH, as we like to call it), Canada Writes is looking at the art of self promotion in the age of social media....

Lisa Moore takes the Magic 8

 The author of February, a contender for this year's Canada Reads, fields questions from the Canadian literati on how she deals with daily life, what she would do if she weren't a writer, and why she wouldn't want to live in the fictional world of her characters. ...

Creative Nonfiction Prize now closed!

That's it. It's over. The deadline has passed for you to get your submission in to the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. But the CBC Poetry Prize opens on March 1st. Get writing!...

Donna Morrissey takes the Magic 8

The author of The Deception of Livvy Higgs fields questions from the Canadian literati on the influence of siblings and the novel as literary form. ...