Fire Walkers, by Bethlehem Terrefe Gebreyohannes

13 July 2017

It’s 1974, a coup has just installed a repressive military regime in Ethiopia. A family of five undertakes to escape from Addis Ababa to Djibouti, cross the brutal Danakil Desert on foot. Beth Gebreyohannes, a young girl at the time, describes that grim, perilous journey. This excerpt from Fire Walkers appears by kind permission of Mawenzi House.

Remembering Derek Walcott, by Ingrid Bejerman

9 April 2017

The Nobel prize-winning St. Lucian poet Derek Walcott died on March 17, 2017, at the age of 87. Ingrid Bejerman remembers her first meeting with him in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2000, and her last at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival in 2006. 

Bharati Mukherjee, writer, by Linda Leith

15 February 2017

Author Bharati Mukherjee wrote of immigrant lives.
Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Photo of Bharati Mukherjee by Evelyn Hofer,
as it appears in Saturday Night, March 1981.

Xue Yiwei's Shenzheners, by Linda Leith

19 August 2016

The Shenzhen Economic Daily was preparing a 3-page feature on the publication of Shenzheners, the first of the Chinese-Canadian writer Xue Yiwei's books to appear in English, and I was asked to write about why LLP chose to publish the collection. What follows is the text I wrote, which Yiwei then translated into Chinese.

Women, Words, and Leadership

12 April 2016

On 11 April, 2016, Linda Leith participated in TD Blue Met Talks: Femmes & leadership | Women & Leadership during the Opening Cocktail of the 18th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival.

Blue Met had invited several women of influence to speak about the power of words, women in leadership and how books have inspired and changed them and their careers. The other participants were Louise-Ann MaziakMarie-Josée BédardSuzanne Fortier, and Marie Giguère

A Fairy-tale Victory for Justin Trudeau

20 October 2015

This is a fairy-tale victory for Justin Trudeau. An extraordinary triumph: a majority in Parliament, Liberals elected in every province—even Alberta—and all three territories; a clean sweep of the Maritimes; an entirely unanticipated forty-seven seats in Quebec. And, best of all, no more Harper.

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