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Touring Prisons with Charles Dickens: Famous Historical Authors who Visited Canada by Lin Young Did you know that Walt Whitman visited Toronto in 1880? The author of the seminal Leaves of Grass wrote about the city in his diary, describing it as “a lively dashing place.” From poets to lecturers to authors of famous novels, early […]
by Matt Hageman While this is far from a comprehensive list of the best Canadian books in the opinion of all Canadians, so far 867 people have voted for the Goodreads list of the top books written by Canadian authors! Here are their results: In 10th place: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – From Ottawa, […]
Article by Lin Young It’s an oft-cited fact that the very first superhero has Canadian ancestry. Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster comprised half the duo responsible for creating Superman (alongside American writer Jerry Siegel) in 1938. The city of Metropolis was likely modelled after Toronto, and the Daily Planet (the newspaper where Clark Kent works his […]
RELEASE DATE: January 6 2016 Kingston WritersFest has named the first young writers to be awarded mentorships under the Merilyn Simonds Protégé Project. Thalia Danielson, a Grade 12 student at École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier, and Megan Erb, a Grade 10 student at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School were selected by a panel of educators and […]
On Wednesday, December 2, Kingston WritersFest (kingstonwritersfest.ca) and Queen’s University Library (library.queensu.ca) celebrate the release of the first collection of the great Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor Robertson Davies’ personal diaries with a special theatrical reading as well as an onstage conversation with its two editors, Jennifer Surridge, daughter of Davies, and Ramsay […]