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February readings spotlight HSWLA authors

Next week is shaping up to be a busy one for HSW Literary Agency authors. As we’ve already noted, Pamela Mordecai is slated–along with Rachel Manley and Olive Senior–to read at the Toronto Public Library’s Don Mills Branch on Wednesday, February … Continue reading

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Mennonites Don’t Dance nominated for Commonwealth Prize!

We are thrilled to announce that Darcie Friesen Hossack‘s accomplished debut short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book – Canada and the Caribbean! This nomination caps a season of … Continue reading

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Catching up with Alison Lohans

Alison Lohans is one of the HSW Literary Agency’s most prolific clients. While she always seems to have something on the go, the past year has been especially busy. In January 2010, Alison’s middle-grade novel Doppelganger was published as part … Continue reading

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Pamela Mordecai at the Richmond Hill Public Library TONIGHT!

Get better acquainted with the work of Pamela Mordecai, author/poet/playwright-extraordinaire, at the Richmond Hill Public Library’s Central branch. Starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Pamela–who was recently interviewed for Open Book Toronto by Adebe D.A.– will read from her short story … Continue reading

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Hands-on Research

In preparation for his latest book–Gibbons: The Invisible Apes–author, anthropologist, and professor John Steckley undertook exhaustive research. He wanted to know everything he could about the primates so often forgotten or mistaken for monkeys. Like any good anthropologist who strives to understand his subject … Continue reading

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Pamela Mordecai in the Caribbean Review of Books

To say that poet, author, and playwright Pamela Mordecai has “a way with words” would be putting it mildly. Her cadence is lyrical but precise; her sense of place, impressionistic as it is vivid and true. Proof of these talents: … Continue reading

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Nairne Holtz on Writing and Publishing

The incomparable Nairne Holtz–the Alice B. Award-winning author of The Skin Beneath and This One’s Going to Last Forever (both published by Insomniac Press)–is profiled at Chazz Writes, a blog dedicated to writing and publishing. In her interview with blogger … Continue reading

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Great Black History Month programming at the Richmond Hill Public Library!

The surest cure for the winter blahs is a full social life, so pull out those calendars once more–February is looking up! Fans of Pamela Mordecai will be pleased to hear that she has another reading lined up. On Monday, … Continue reading

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Hot off the presses

…another rave review for Darcie Friesen Hossack‘s Mennonites Don’t Dance! Writing in the Winnipeg Free Press, reviewer Adelia Neufeld Wiens compares Hossack–who writes “with black humour and shrewd wit”–to fellow Mennonite writers Miriam Toews and Patrick Friesen: “Like The Shunning … Continue reading

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Praise for Mennonites Don’t Dance

It’s reasonably safe to say that most writers worry about how their books will be received once published. The reviewing public can be a special source of anxiety, but it can also be a font of reassurance. For Darcie Friesen Hossack–whose debut collection … Continue reading

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