Canada

Canada takes over Alaska in post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel: Now free via e-mail (no DRM)

By Dan Bloom
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

A new sci-fi novel coming out in September depicts a future some 150 years from now when Alaska has become part of Canada. The Lower 48 States no longer exist as a geopolitical entity. Imagine that! ​When I spoke to my ​law​ professor friend Edward L. Rubin earlier in the year about the [...]

Canadian writers also facing author income crisis

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

The dire economic situation for British authors has been chronicled in appalling detail by the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and the UK Society of Authors. And, for better or (very definitely) for worse, it turns out that the Brits are by no means alone. The Writers’ [...]

Poetry on rails with the PoetTrain, kulturBOT

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Canada is in the middle of an epic month for poetry with some of the most magical manifestations of mechanized minstrelry ever made, as the Great Canadian PoetTrain Tour hits the rails to celebrate National Poetry Month, carrying, among its passenger list of a score or so poets, my kulturBOT 3.0, a [...]

The poet, the pipeline, and the punitive lawsuit

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Poetry, that harmless, airy-fairy, abstruse pursuit … that you get slapped with a $5.6 million lawsuit for. Come again? Yes, this is exactly what happens in Stephen Harper‘s Canada, where Vancouver poet and professor at Simon Fraser University Stephen Collis is one of six defendants [...]

Updates from Ottawa!

By Joanna Cabot
October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’m sure everyone has heard the news by now about yesterday’s events in my nation’s capital. We have a young relative in Ottawa who we visit there several times a year, and we have been to all those places; we were relieved to speak to him last night to find everything going well. [...]

Canada’s National Reading Campaign shows reading is good for your … body?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Canada’s National Reading Campaign has partnered with CBC to pull together an infographic to show the bodily benefits of reading, as if improving your mind wasn’t reason enough. For most, I’m sure that point is obvious enough, but it’s good to see – literally – [...]

Interview with Peter Watts

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

I asked Peter Watts, author of the brilliant and genre-redefining science fiction novels Blindsight and Echopraxia, a few questions about his own working methods and the genre (or genres) he works in. Here are his responses. TeleRead: Do you see any ingrown shortcomings in the genre/subgenre you [...]

Yota Devices moving from Russia to Canada

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

According to a report in Canada’s Financial Post, Yota Devices, the makers of router equipment and the very interesting Yotaphone, is relocating from its original home base in Moscow to either Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario. The decision is unrelated to the current political climate in and [...]

Alice Munro’s ex-husband gives away the store, hands Munro’s Books to staff

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s a good and positive story for these days of doomsaying and handwringing over the fortunes of bookstores. Munro’s Books in Victoria, British Columbia, founded in 1963 by Jim Munro and his then wife, Nobel laureate Alice Munro, is passing into the hands of its staff on the [...]

Book review: Every House is Haunted, by Ian Rogers, ChiZine Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Canadian dark fiction and horror writer Ian Rogers‘ debut story collection Every House is Haunted comes garlanded with accolades. The book has received the 2013 ReLit Award in the Short Fiction category, and praise from almost every quarter. It’s the sort of reputation that makes [...]

Canada’s anti-spam laws take effect this week

By Joanna Cabot
July 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some of our Canadian readers may have noticed a sudden glut of emails from websites, mailing lists and so forth which include an opt-in link. Surprise! It’s not a phishing scam! These emails are legitimate communiques from any organization you might deal with who is based in Canada. The [...]

Book Review: Burnt Black Suns by Simon Strantzas, Hippocampus Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Regular readers of TeleRead will probably have seen by now coverage of Canadian dark fiction author Simon Strantzas. His latest collection, Burnt Black Suns from Hippocampus Press, is doing a good job of confirming him as one of the premier writers in the field. He has written very well and [...]

Fahrenheit 451 rages north of 49th parallel as Canuck government said burning books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 11, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Canadian administration of Stephen Harper, accused elsewhere of waging a “war on science,” appears to be carrying the struggle to the bookshelves. At least if the testimony of scientists working with and close to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is to be believed. According [...]

Quill & Quire survey shows publishing still a satisfying career – at least, in Canada

By libertyc
December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quill & Quire, “Canada’s magazine of book news and reviews,” recently released a survey of attitudes, standards, and salaries in the publishing profession. The results hardly paint a picture of an industry in decline. Of course, publishers could always be happier, and have [...]

Morning Roundup: Sherlock Holmes drama; test-driving Oyster; more

By libertyc
September 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Reddit’s Crowd-Sourced Media is a Lot Like The Regular Kind—Good at Some Things, Not so Good at Others (GigaOM) This time, Reddit was the one that avoided naming the wrong suspect, while mainstream outlets bungled the story — but the bigger picture is that both traditional media and [...]

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