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We asked some of our favourite Canadian authors for the questions they always wished they were asked. We put those questions into a hat, randomly pull out 8, and send them to other Canadian writers who are up to the challenge. Every Magic 8 is different.

M.G. Vassanji on the sentence that changed his life  »

The CanLit giant on the power of unconscious influences and the sentence he wrote that changed everything.

Why Rudy Wiebe will never write a funny novel  »

One of Canada's most acclaimed writers on unlikely inspiration, primal research and why he'll never "write funny."





Alison Pick on saying yes to writing and no to everything else  »

The author of Between Gods fields questions on posthumous publishing and the writer she's most indebted to.

Emily St. John Mandel has no idea where she's going... and she's okay with that  »

The buzzed-about author on mystery endings and the literary event of her dreams.





GG winner Kim Thúy on the zeros she got in creative writing class  »

The multiple prize-winning author answers questions from the Canadian literati on sex, education and the afterlife in our patented Magic 8 Q&A.

Frances Itani on hearing voices... and trusting your own  »

The author of Tell answers questions from the Canadian literati on her dream office, silent bribes, and the most shocking letter she ever received.





Raising author Eric McCormack's "Scottish hackles"  »

The yarn-spinner of creepy literary Gothicism answers questions from the Canadian literati .

Gender nonconformist and author Ivan Coyote on "writing from the guts"  »

The co-author of Gender Failure on writerly bribes, childhood gifts and alternate careers.

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  • M.G. Vassanji on the sentence that changed his life
  • Why Rudy Wiebe will never write a funny novel
  • Alison Pick on saying yes to writing and no to everything else
  • Emily St. John Mandel has no idea where she's going... and she's okay with that
  • GG winner Kim Thúy on the zeros she got in creative writing class
  • Frances Itani on hearing voices... and trusting your own
  • Raising author Eric McCormack's "Scottish hackles"
  • Gender nonconformist and author Ivan Coyote on "writing from the guts"
  • Terry Fallis on feminism, his favourite sandwich and the writer afterlife
  • Jon Paul Fiorentino on what makes his heart explode
  • Author Bill Gaston on accidental fires and questionable musical influences
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe on bad scenery and imaginary people
  • Miriam Toews on the war she didn't know she was winning
  • Heather O'Neill on cat dialogue, laundry room phobias, and other people's brains
  • Shani Mootoo on chocolate, house chores and cryptic notes
  • Richard Wagamese on not being "Native enough" and why we need to read more Metis, First Nations and Inuit writers
  • Griffin Prize finalist Sue Goyette on literary prize culture, emojis and rehearsed comebacks
  • Michael Crummey on salt-and-pepper chips, Sapporo, and the grand scheme of things
  • RBC Taylor Prize finalist J.B. MacKinnon on his authorial spirit animal
  • Thomas King on why humour and tragedy are inseparable
  • RBC Taylor Prize finalist Charlotte Gray on the worst interview she's ever done
  • RBC Taylor Prize finalist Graeme Smith on dodging bullets and downing iced capps
  • Ian Williams takes the Magic 8
  • David McFadden takes the Magic 8
  • James Pollock takes the Magic 8
  • Patrick Lane takes the Magic 8
  • John Terpstra takes the Magic 8
  • Shyam Selvadurai on childhood memory, Buddha, and answering your own questions
  • Cathy Marie Buchanan takes the Magic 8
  • Vincent Lam takes the Magic 8
  • Lawrence Hill takes the Magic 8
  • Lisa Moore takes the Magic 8
  • Donna Morrissey takes the Magic 8
  • Pasha Malla takes the Magic 8
  • D.W. Wilson takes the Magic 8
  • Buffy Cram takes the Magic 8
  • Cory Doctorow takes the Magic 8
  • Annabel Lyon takes the Magic 8
  • Nancy Richler takes the Magic 8
  • Linda Svendsen takes the Magic 8
  • Linda Spalding takes the Magic 8
  • Cordelia Strube takes the Magic 8
  • Alix Ohlin takes the Magic 8
  • CS Richardson takes the Magic 8
  • Miranda Hill takes the Magic 8
  • Shauna Singh Baldwin on "the seams between scenes"




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