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Peter Norman's Reading Recommendations

Peter Norman’s novel, Emberton (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014), was longlisted for the Sunburst Award. His fiction has appeared in The Walrus, Joyland, Grain, PULP Literature, Victory Meat: New Fiction from Atlantic Canada, and elsewhere. His story Pumphouse Marsh can be found in the latest issue of The Fiddlehead, order your copy today!

See more at peternorman.ca

Manahil Bandukwala's Reading Recommendation

Manahil Bandukwala is a poet, writer, editor, and visual artist. She has two solo chapbooks, Paper Doll (2019) and Pipe Rose (2018), and Sprawl (Collusion Books, 2020), authored with Conyer Clayton. She is on the editorial team of Canthius, and is Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. Manahil's poetry was featured in the sold out Autumn 2020 issue of The Fiddlehead. 

What is your Emergency? : A Review by Susan Haley of Shandi Mitchell's "The Waiting Hours"

What is your Emergency?

The Waiting Hours, Shandi Mitchell. Viking, 2019. 

This very accomplished novel is by a Maritime writer I had never run into before, although she has written another, Under This Unbroken Sky, which I intend to read now.

The Waiting Hours is about emergency workers, and the “waiting hours” of the title, is the period during the depths of the night when, if anything happens, it is usually terrible.

It is not the poem which closes : A Review by Anita Lahey of M. Travis Lane's "A Tent, A Lantern, An Empty Bowl" and "Keeping Count"

It is not the poem which closes


A Tent, A Lantern, An Empty Bowl and Keeping Count, M. Travis Lane. Gordon Hill Press, 2020

Let’s begin with rocks and mud.

The poem “May Rocks,” which appears nearly midway through Keeping Count, M. Travis Lane’s most recent collection, begins with a single-word sentence: “Spring.” This is followed by rocks that “butt and push” in a lawn “jagged with dragon’s teeth.” It continues:

Kate Cayley's Reading Recommendation

Kate Cayley is a fiction writer, playwright, and poet who's work has been featured in many issues of The Fiddlehead. She has written a short story collection, How You Were Borntwo collections of poetry, When This World Comes to an End and Other Housesa young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirrorand a number of plays. She has won the Trillium Book Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, an O. Henry Short Story Prize, and a Chalmers Fellowship, and been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the K. M. Hunter Award, and the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and the CBC Prize in both poetry and fiction. 

Eleonore Schonmaier's Music Recommendations

Eleonore Schönmaier’s poetry has been published by The Fiddlehead many times, most recently in our 2020 Summer Poetry Issue. Her Field Guide to the Lost Flower of Crete is forthcoming in 2021 (MQUP). Her critically acclaimed Wavelengths of Your Song (MQUP) was published in German translation in 2020. In 2019 she won the National Broadsheet Contest. Her poetry has been widely anthologized including in Best Canadian Poetry. Find out more at eleonoreschonmaier.com!

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