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We ask our favourite Canadian authors for the questions they always wish they were asked. We put those questions into a hat, randomly pull out 8, and send them to other Canadian authors.

Marina Endicott on abandoned workouts, stubborn knots and her most lovable character  »

The author spills the beans on her dog-induced writing day, her literary childhood and the joy of untangling the knot this is fiction.

Gail Bowen on the constant process of educating herself  »

The crime writer on the 4,875 pages she has written, and the one reader who broke her heart.





Linwood Barclay on his new challenge  »

The best-selling crime writer on what he thinks of his family's opinions and where his writing falls flat.

Joy Fielding: What if a woman had written The Corrections  »

The best-selling author on the influence of her mother and how women are more adventurous readers than men.





Russell Smith on his literary hot tub fantasy  »

The author on being an exhibitionist (in every sense of the word) and living one's life as a work of art.

Lynn Crosbie on literary doppelgangers and the Stepford curse  »

The poet, author and cultural commentator on her unlikely CanLit lookalike and her most nagging authorial fear.





Kenneth Oppel on weird research and amazing readers  »

Our 2015 Shakespeare Selfie judge on the readers who made his jaw drop.

Lori Lansens on canine crushes, tequila and really bad traffic  »

The author of Rush Home Road on the survival-themed signature cocktail for her latest novel, The Mountain Story.

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  • Marina Endicott on abandoned workouts, stubborn knots and her most lovable character
  • Gail Bowen on the constant process of educating herself
  • Linwood Barclay on his new challenge
  • Joy Fielding: What if a woman had written The Corrections
  • Russell Smith on his literary hot tub fantasy
  • Lynn Crosbie on literary doppelgangers and the Stepford curse
  • Kenneth Oppel on weird research and amazing readers
  • Lori Lansens on canine crushes, tequila and really bad traffic
  • Jane Urquhart on fleeting titles and animating spirits
  • Jalal Barzanji on the gift of writing what he wants
  • Robert Currie on the time machine that is poetry
  • Erin Moure on the elation (and stomachache) of poetry
  • A.F. Moritz on the "illiterature" of poetry
  • Karen Solie welcomes robot poets to the CanLit community
  • Lorna Crozier on why she writes with the door closed
  • David McGimpsey on country songs, Oprah and very important intersections
  • Tomson Highway on Austen envy and dashing leading men
  • Susan Juby has a really bad back-up plan
  • Andrew Pyper on happy-hour bribery and literary flirtations
  • Helen Humphreys on dead spiders and undersung poets
  • Crime writer Rick Mofina on conquering the self-doubt demon
  • Mystery master Alan Bradley on what's behind curtain #3
  • Crime writer Anthony Bidulka on the perfect stepping-stone: accounting
  • George Bowering on why "prolific" isn't a compliment
  • Johanna Skibsrud has no faith in bestseller lists
  • Linden MacIntyre on writing and other pathologies
  • Michael Winter on why he writes sex scenes
  • Claire Holden Rothman on the inadequacy of the word "writer"
  • 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
  • Canada Reads contender 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 on that time The Book of Negroes was burned
  • 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"