Poetry / Fiction / Lit

Watch the Tiger Eyes movie trailer

“Cuando los lagartijos corren.” When I was young (I can’t remember exactly how young), I borrowed my older sister’s copy of Tiger Eyes. I fell in love and never ended up giving the book back. “A 17 year-old girl sets out on a journey from heartbreak and confusion to transformation as she discovers love and life after tragedy in ‘TIGER… Read more →

Support CWILA

The Canadian Women in Literary Arts (CWILA) – of which I’m proudly a member – is kicking off its fundraising for this year’s count and they’re looking for your help. From CWILA: Right now, we don’t have enough funds to administer our Count for 2012, but your financial support can make the difference.  Please spread the word. Who we are… Read more →

Short Animated Film Reinterprets Pablo Neruda’s ‘The Me Bird’ (VIDEO)

It would be impossible to discuss Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s work without touching on how beautifully he captured the nature of his subjects. This short animation by 18bis of his poem, “The Me Bird,” does justice to the lovely images presented by Neruda in an alternative medium. Pablo Neruda’s poem, “The Me Bird,” is the Chilean writer’s ode to a… Read more →

Which Books Should Be Movies and Which Should Be Left Alone? (Including a Letter from J.D. Salinger on Why He Didn’t Want a ‘Catcher in the Rye’ Movie)

Movie adaptations of novels can be a great addition to stories that are already well loved. But we can all name examples of films that have done a brutal job of bringing a book to life. Despite The Catcher in the Rye being one of the most beloved books of all time, J.D. Salinger was of the opinion that it… Read more →

Sweden’s Biggest Criminal…A Librarian?!

The “Royal Library Man” definitely sounds like fiction, and a mini-series was written about him, but Anders Burius was a real-life Swedish criminal who made millions from his thefts. The unusual part…he was a librarian. And the books he stole were some of the oldest, rarest, and most expensive in the world. For a time, Sweden’s biggest criminal was a wayward… Read more →

Check out (and support!) CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts)

I’ve recently joined CWILA! Have you heard of it yet? CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts) is an inclusive national literary organization for people who share feminist values and see the importance of strong and active female perspectives and presences within the Canadian literary landscape. Find out more about CWILA here. If you’d like to become involved, you can… Read more →

“The poem is a form of texting … it’s the original text.” – Carol Ann Duffy

“The poem is a form of texting … it’s the original text,” says Carol Ann Duffy. “It’s a perfecting of a feeling in language – it’s a way of saying more with less, just as texting is. We’ve got to realise that the Facebook generation is the future – and, oddly enough, poetry is the perfect form for them. It’s a… Read more →

For the Word Lovers (Like Me!): 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English

One thing that’s obvious about me is my love of words. So of course I was intrigued by So Bad So Good‘s list of 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English. For instance: Age-otori (Japanese): To look worse after a haircut Desenrascanco (Portuguese): “to disentangle” yourself out of a bad situation (To MacGyver it) Forelsket (Norwegian): The euphoria you experience when you… Read more →