Three Gillers, three Governor Generals and a Man Booker later, Canada’s literary darling has finally snagged the big one: the Nobel Prize for Literature. If you’ve been reading Munro short stories for years, now is your chance to impress friends and co-workers with your literary expertise. If not, get reading! Or, fudge your way through… Read more »
Bestselling Toronto writer Andrew Pyper’s newest novel The Demonologist, a supernatural thriller about old books and ancient monsters, comes out today (although Hollywood director Robert Zemeckis already optioned it over a year ago). Below, Pyper talks to us about his his fan posse, his brush with Alice Munro and why he hates writing for movies.
As we approach the cultural dry spell that lingers in the wake of the big holiday shows, it’s good to be reminded of just how much interesting art, music, theatre, film and dance goes on in this city. Below, we look back at some of our favourite moments in culture and entertainment from the last year.
1. SOUPSTOCK In the wake of last year’s wildly successful Foodstock, over 200 chefs from across Canada—among them, Susur Lee, Anthony Walsh, J.P. Challet and Jamie Kennedy, Aaron Joseph Bear Robe and just about every other famous Toronto chef you’ve ever heard of—are gathering, spoon held high, at Woodbine Park to protest the Melancthon Mega-Quarry. The… Read more »
The 81-year-old Alice Munro has been publishing short stories for nearly half a century, and she keeps getting better, sharpening her focus on the manners and mores of tragically flawed women and men. Every story has a passage (and often more than one) that demonstrates her uncanny ability to see right through vanity, desperation and… Read more »
This year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature doesn’t get announced until October, but London oddsmaker Ladbrokes is already setting off speculation in the book world as to which lucky scribbler will be heading to Oslo in the late fall to collect a medal. Yesterday, Ladbrokes released its list of likely candidates, and Japanese… Read more »
By Leah McLaren | Illustration by Patrick Morgan The day after George W. Bush was re-elected president, the American novelist Richard Ford got in his car and drove across the border to Saskatchewan from Montana. He did not come in search of political asylum—something many American liberal intellectuals loudly and half-jokingly yearned for that day—but… Read more »
The Trillium Awards, the annual ceremony for Ontario-based authors, took place, fittingly, at the Toronto Reference Library last week. The awards have honoured some of Canada’s most famous writers, like Michael Ondaatje, Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood, and this was an extra-special night in celebration of the event’s 25th year. Nominees wore pink flowers, while… Read more »
For the second day in a row, the Globe and Mail‘s television columnist, John Doyle, is boldly claiming there is a culture war going on in Canada that’s taking place on our television screens and in the pages of our books. Today, Doyle rails against the perceived elitism of both the Giller Prize and the… Read more »
More than a few high-profile titles—Beatrice and Virgil, Ilustrado, Fauna—are conspicuously absent from this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize long list, but no snub was more shocking than the omission of Emma Donoghue’s Man Booker–nominated Room. Prior to the announcement, Room was fully expected to make the Giller short list, and the smart money was that… Read more »
The last time the New Yorker published a list of its favourite young fiction writers, Y2K was a catastrophe avoided but 9/11 was still nothing more than an emergency telephone number. Ten years later, having boosted the careers of Jeffrey Eugenides and David Foster Wallace, the venerable 85-year-old magazine has released a new list of… Read more »