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Recently I returned from a 10-day book tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It was an amazing experience. Everywhere I went, there were huge line-ups of people waiting to buy my books. Fans presented ... Read More »

November 5, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Writers know better than anyone how difficult it is to write. You toil for hours over a single scene. You write and you rewrite. After months – maybe years – you pack up your manuscript ... Read More »

November 5, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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FAMILIAR FACES: Several of the past year’s crop of successful first novelists have signed contracts for repeat performances, reports an elated Denise Bukowski, who inked the deals on behalf of Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Dionne Brand, and ... Read More »

November 5, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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ON THE TAKE II: Brian Mulroney won’t be happy to hear it, but Stevie Cameron is starting work on what Jan Walter of Macfarlane Walter & Ross is circumspectly describing as a new “political book.” ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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• Rohinton Mistry has added the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best book, Caribbean and Canada division, to the string of awards he’s received for A Fine Balance. And The Globe and Mail can add the ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Ever since Q&Q launched its Bestseller Survey in April 1996, author James Redfield’s spiritual opus, The Celestine Prophecy, has ruled supreme, placing consistently in the top five for fiction with the exception of three months ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news, Events

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SPROUTING PROSE• Not content with the brilliance of her prose and plot, Carol Shields’ editors suggested that the author’s latest novel, Larry’s Party, was a tad misleading in parts. Shields’ first alleged error was slipping ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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• While in pursuit of a ruthless terrorist a CIA agent chances upon his quarry’s mirror image. The Assignment, based on Dan Gordon’s novel of the same name, is slated for a June release and ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Authors, Book news

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Canadian writers continued their winning streak on the international literary prize circuit, recently capturing second spot overall and several “dishonourable” mentions in the 1997 Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest. Sponsored by San Jose State University’s English ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Before taking the executive director post at The Writers’ Union of Canada in 1984, Penny Dickens was an organizer with the Ontario New Democratic Party for 14 years, during which time she also held the ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Writing, said Jules Renard, is the only profession in which one can make no money without looking ridiculous. During all the years I’ve spent trying not to look ridiculous, I’ve had to learn how to ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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The tech market is in a slump, but that doesn’t mean business book buyers can ignore the impact of technology and e-business. Books for Business owner Jane Cooney and her staff have selected about 40 ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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HarperCollins vice-president (and Word on the Street national chair) Tom Best and author Erika Ritter were among the dozens of would-be pool sharks who trooped up to the Rivoli’s second floor for a billiards party ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news, Libraries

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Author and illustrator Phoebe Gilman died Aug. 29 of breast cancer at the age of 62 in Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital. Here Susan Lawrence, Q&Q’s Books for Young People editor, pays tribute to Gilman. Phoebe ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Hundreds are buried in their season. When hatched, they must dig themselves out, and propel themselves clumsily across the open beach. Predators thin out their numbers in the rush to the sea, but even in ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

By Nadine McInnis

The 14 stories in Nadine McInnis’s Quicksilver are linked by a spectrum of characters somehow experiencing revelations in the midst of suspended lives. Mercury, the rare metal also known as “quicksilver,” is a recurrent image, ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

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A solution to the returns crisis? No. Since 1994, Toronto artist Tom Bendtsen has been using between 7,000 and 11,000 books to make his giant structures. The series is called Argument, and Bendtsen has so ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news, Opinion