Sure, big guns like Random House and HarperCollins have the kind of elegant downtown tower offices you’d expect—but did you know that Coach House Books, also in Toronto, operates out of a real coach house? (It took Sevigny a minute to realize the entrance was through the alleyway.) And houses like Frontenac House and our own University of Alberta Press run out of, well, houses. The U of A’s abode has untold numbers of hidden crawl spaces and a set of narrow servants’ stairs, while Frontenac’s, in Calgary, doubles as the actual residence of its husband-wife founders. Both look cosy.
This week’s column is about Erinne Sevigny, an Edmontonian who spent a month travelling across Canada, visiting 20+ publishers and seeing what she could glean about the publishing industry at large.May 17, 2013
Only 16 days late this time! Great work. As usual, here are some of my favourite stories in the magazine of magazines from the month before this one. Some are behind a paywall. Sorry about that.
Culture! Check back in a month for May’s report. Or maybe six weeks. I’m doing my best over here.May 16, 2013
May 16, 2013
When I contacted the designer, Elizabeth Alice Crum, to get a closer look at her creations, she explained that they were inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick: more specifically, the theme of chance, how the narrative is woven and broken, how tension is created, and where fate takes you.
Why do they even try? my 7-year-old self would wonder as I watched Alan Alda flounder helplessly through yet another failed rerun of M*A*S*H. Why is every single Korean-lady extra so much funnier than he is?Ellie Kemper: Can Men Be Funny?: Humor: GQ May 15, 2013
May 10, 2013
“The key to eternal happiness is low overhead and no debt.”
Anybody who tells people to “do what you love no matter what” should also have to teach a money management course.
Low overhead + no debt + “do what you love” = a good life.
“I deserve nice things” + debt + “do what you love” = a time bomb.
(Image from Steal Like An Artist)
In fact, of the 10 titles NeWest published last year, six have been nominated for prizes. Maybe 6.5, Matwychuk jokes, if you count some of the individual plays in Clem Martini’s collection Martini with a Twist, which were up for theatre awards the years they were first produced.
A celebration is most definitely in order.
This week’s column is about a party being thrown by our local literary press. If you’re in or around Edmonton, I hope I’ll see you at Roast next Wednesday.May 10, 2013
What actually fills the bulk of Swiss Sonata’s pages is a cavalcade of back story about individual students and staff. You know those old Super Nintendo role-playing games, where you walk up to someone, press A, and then have to listen to forty screens of their life story? This novel contains the fictional equivalent, only it results in slightly less sore thumbs.
My latest dispatch from the history of the winners of the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction. This time we’re in a Swiss finishing school on the verge of World War II. Finishing schools are very weird places.May 9, 2013