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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.

Tomson Highway on Austen envy and dashing leading men  »

The renowned author, playwright and performer jousts with other Canadian writers in our patented Magic 8 Q&A.

Susan Juby has a really bad back-up plan  »

The Stephen Leacock-nominated author makes us giggle with her deplorable career back-up plan.





Andrew Pyper on happy-hour bribery and literary flirtations  »

For someone who writes the creepiest novels in Canada, Andrew Pyper comes off as a really nice guy.

Helen Humphreys on dead spiders and undersung poets  »

With her latest novel, The Evening Chorus, Helen Humphreys further cements her unofficial title as Canadian Author Most Likely To Move You To Tears.





Crime writer Rick Mofina on conquering the self-doubt demon  »

The author on junk food, the uselessness of creative writing programs, and remaining friends with his characters.

Mystery master Alan Bradley on what's behind curtain #3  »

The internationally bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce mysteries tackles questions from other Canadian writers.





Crime writer Anthony Bidulka on the perfect stepping-stone: accounting  »

The award-winning crime writer on Kermit the Frog, catered parties and the bliss that is mosquito-free writing.

George Bowering on why "prolific" isn't a compliment  »

An authorial career that stretches half a century. Over 100 published books under his belt. When George Bowering has something to say about writing, we listen up.

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  • 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
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  • 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"




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