The courage to speak truth against the lies of tyrants   > read more...


Thursday 21 April 2011

I have to speak for the generations who don’t have any way to speak out. Before they speak out the first sentence, they are crushed. I also have to speak out for the people around me who are afraid… So I want to set an example: You can do it. And this is OK, to speak out.  -- Ai Weiwei

From Yan Liang: Ai Weiwei's Disappearance   > read more...


Tuesday 19 April 2011

After 60 years of absolute power, the Chinese Communist Party is more fragile than the world thinks – and has trouble dealing with any criticism or challenge, especially from its own people.

From Tom Ložar: How to learn Italian   > read more...


Monday 18 April 2011

What was it Christ said? Unless you be like little children, you cannot be great poets.

From Judith Fitzgerald: April Is the Coolest Month, or, GO HABS GO!!!™   > read more...


Saturday 16 April 2011

The real poetry happening on this continent? The playoffs.

The Quebec e-opportunity?   > read more...


Saturday 16 April 2011

Quebecers are less than excited by le livre numérique.

Accelerating change in the book world   > read more...


Tuesday 12 April 2011

"The change from print-books to e-books is happening even faster than Heather predicts." -- Bruce Batchelor

Opening Night in Quebec City   > read more...


Monday 11 April 2011

Looking forward to getting together with the other festival participants: Todd Denault, Sheree Fitch, Paul Kropp, Rabindranath Maharaj, Andrew Potter, Ami Sands Brodoff, Claire Holden Rothman, Alexander MacLeod, Nigel Thomas, Charles H. Mountford and John Whitt.

Becoming a writer in the digital age   > read more...


Thursday 7 April 2011

Some writers will choose not to self-publish. They may prefer not to spend the time it takes to edit, publish, market and sell their own work. But if they do wish to self-publish, it is now possible to do so without losing face and without losing money. That’s the game changer.

Brave New (Book) World: New York publishing guru Mike Shatzkin in Montreal   > read more...


Tuesday 5 April 2011

"We are living through an extraordinarily dynamic period of change from which no one will escape unscathed." -- Mike Shatzkin

From Yan Liang: The Terracotta Warriors Go West   > read more...


Sunday 3 April 2011

“The First Emperor could never have dreamed that 2200 years later, his terracotta soldiers would travel to almost every corner of the world, while he still rests in his mysterious underground palace.”

From Margaret O'Brien: John Vaillant's The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival   > read more...


Saturday 2 April 2011

The Tiger is a Poe-like thriller, an analysis of post-perestroika economic disintegration (with plenty of black humour included), a treatise on biodiversity, an overview of paleoanthropology, and a completely absorbing read. But its essence is an intricate and measured plea for humans to understand and value our co-existence with the natural world.

April Fool   > read more...


Friday 1 April 2011

In the venerable tradition of the 1957 BBC documentary on the Spaghetti Harvest and other media hoaxes which combine familiar formatting and a plausible style with invented (and inventive) content, Canada’s book trade paper Quill & Quire has produced a clever online April Fool’s joke on the Canadian book world.

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