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“For dad”

Authors have to contend with many decisions after a publisher picks up a novel. There is an author photograph to be taken, a website to be created or updated, fine edits back and forth between...

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Thank you Canada Council for the Arts

Thank you Canada Council for the Arts

Well, I have to say that I’m still shocked. I applied for a grant months ago with the CC, thinking it might be a waste of time. I’m new to the field of writing. At the time of writing this, my first...

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Is fiction escapism?

Is fiction escapism?

Yes and no. Mostly no. We can read fiction to leave our present surroundings, to enter our imaginations as they bounce off the words and images an author presents. We would spend time and go...

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More random books from Nancy’s shelf

More random books from Nancy’s shelf

The sisters brothers, by Patrick DeWitt I became interested in reading DeWitt’s work after hearing an interview of CBC radio. He said that his novel, According to CBC radio, the sisters brothers was...

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Kibera is someone’s home

Kibera is someone’s home

Kibera is one of Africa’s largest slums. It resides in the Kenya’s capitol, Nairobi. I went to Nairobi about five years ago (it’s now spring, 2021) to research the area and the history so that...

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