Topic: how i wrote it

Aimee Wall explores care for women by women and rural access to abortion in her debut novel We, Jane

We, Jane is on the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.
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Roz Nay's psychological thriller novel The Hunted is a treacherous travel adventure set in Africa

The B.C.-based author spoke with CBC Books about writing her third novel.

Michael LaPointe's The Creep is a thriller novel about lies, truth and medical science gone awry

The Toronto author spoke to CBC Books about writing his debut novel.
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Liselle Sambury's YA novel Blood Like Magic is a fantasy/sci-fi mashup about Black Canadian witches in Toronto

The Ontario author and vlogger spoke with CBC Books about writing her debut YA novel.
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The poetry of Jillian Christmas examines the realities of Black queerness, femininity and community

The Vancouver-based poet and activist is the author of The Gospel of Breaking.

Canisia Lubrin uses the language of the past to explore the future in the poetry collection The Dyzgraphxst

The Ontario poet is the author of The Dyzgraphxst. She spoke to CBC Books about how she wrote the collection.

How recounting the past in poetry form helps Grace Lau find peace with her family and identity

The Toronto poet spoke with CBC Books about how she wrote The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak.
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Dakshana Bascaramurty wanted to write an 'unsentimental' account of a friend dying of cancer

The Toronto writer and journalist is the author of This Is Not the End of Me, the story of a man named Layton Reid facing cancer and his own mortality.
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Farzana Doctor's novel Seven is a nuanced look at women's agency in the face of religion and tradition

The Toronto novelist spoke with CBC Books about how she wrote Seven.
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How writing a novel helped John Elizabeth Stintzi connect with their own genderqueer identity

The Ontario-born writer spoke with CBC Books about writing debut novel Vanishing Monuments.

How life in a Trumpian, post-Brexit world prompted Tessa McWatt to explore race and identity in her new memoir

The Guyanese-born Canadian writer and professor is the author of memoir Shame on Me.

Joshua Whitehead's Canada Reads finalist Jonny Appleseed is a moving Indgiqueer coming-of-age story

Devery Jacobs is championing Jonny Appleseed on Canada Reads 2021. The debates take place March 8-11.

Natalie Zina Walschots wrote a novel about unheroic heroes and relatable villains — now it's on Canada Reads

The Toronto writer shares how she wrote her debut novel Hench. The novel will be championed Paul Sun-Hyung Lee on Canada Reads 2021.
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Why Joshua Whitehead wants to recentre Indigenous characters with his cyberpunk-infused poetry

The Oji-nêhiyaw, two-spirit writer discusses how he wrote his debut poetry collection, full-metal indigiqueer.

Jessica J. Lee wrote a memoir about her search for her family roots — now it's a Canada Reads finalist

Scott Helman is championing Two Trees Make a Forest on Canada Reads 2021. The debates take place March 8-11.

Gary Barwin explores tragedy through humour in his epic adventure novel Yiddish for Pirates

Yiddish for Pirates is on the Canada Reads 2021 longlist. The final five books and their champions will be revealed on Jan. 14.
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How Shyam Selvadurai turned his bestselling novel Funny Boy into a film

The Toronto-based novelist and talks about collaborating to write the screenplay for the film adaptation of his 1994 novel Funny Boy.

Souvankham Thammavongsa's stories explore the diversity of the immigrant experience

The Ontario poet and writer talks about writing her short story collection How to Pronounce Knife.

Shani Mootoo's novel Polar Vortex explores love, relationships and real connections in an age of social media

The Ontario-based author talks about how she wrote her latest novel.

Why it took Gil Adamson 10 years to write a swashbuckling follow-up to her bestselling novel The Outlander

How the Toronto author wrote the historical novel Ridgerunner.

How Canadian writer Wesley King worked with Kobe Bryant to write a middle-grade book series about basketball

The Nova Scotia author talks about collaborating with the late basketball legend to create The Wizenard Series.
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Annahid Dashtgard shares how she faced discrimination, racism and trauma in her memoir Breaking the Ocean

Annahid Dashtgard is an author, change-maker and co-founder of Anima Leadership, a boutique consulting company specializing in issues of diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. She hares her story in a new memoir.

How Emma Donoghue turned her bestselling novel Room into an award-winning film

Emma Donoghue talks about writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of Room, which starred Brie Larson.

Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Chantal Gibson wants to decolonize minds through poetry

How She Read is a collection of genre-blurring poems about the representation of Black women in Canada.

Cole Pauls wrote an action-packed comic to help preserve Indigenous language

Two Earth Protectors are charged with saving the planet from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches in Dakwäkãda Warriors. The comic, which incorporates a blend of English and Southern Tutchone, serves as an allegory for colonialism.

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