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November-December 2011

Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2011: “Criss Cross” by Selena Wong

Selena WongWebsite

We’re posting the winners of the 2011 Great Canadian Literary Hunt all this week. Read the other finalists here and follow or friend us to stay up to date on 2012’s contest! Selena Wong is an illustrator and artist living in Toronto with her Netherland Dwarf Rabbit. Like the condensed urban environment of her place […] More »
November-December 2011

Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2011: “Salt Water” by Andrew Shenkman

Andrew Shenkman

We’re posting the winners of the 2011 Great Canadian Literary Hunt all this week. Read the other finalists here and follow or friend us to stay up to date on 2012’s contest! Now The power went out. The television emitted an electric squelch before the picture vanished into darkness. In that moment Sam saw his […] More »
November-December 2011

Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2011: Excerpt from “A Cure for What Ails You” by Robin Evans

Robin EvansWebsite@Robinovich

We’re posting the winners of the 2011 Great Canadian Literary Hunt all this week. Read the other finalists here, and follow or friend us to stay up to date on 2012’s contest! Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of Robin Evans’s story — the full version will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of The Fiddlehead. We’re […] More »

Book Review: Hal Niedzviecki’s Look Down, This is Where It Must Have Happened

Bardia Sinaee

In his new book, Look Down, This is Where It Must Have Happened, Hal Niedzviecki at times assumes the malaise of his characters seamlessly: “I’m a mortgage broker who works from his basement home office. I can find a lender suitable to your needs. A lot of people go to the bank. Don’t go to […] More »
September-October 2011

Fiction: “A Few Words About the Youth Gang” by Pasha Malla

Pasha MallaWebsite

“It has been some time now that I have wanted to speak to you about the youth gang. Since July there has been much conjecture about how the youth gang started, and when, and where, and what exactly the youth gang is, and who belongs to it, and whether its members wear ‘colours,’ and which […] More »
September-October 2011

Book review: Rebecca Rosenblum’s The Big Dream

Jessica RoseWebsite@NMTblog

The characters in Rebecca Rosenblum’s second collection of short stories, The Big Dream, have one thing in common: they work at Dream Inc., a lifestyle magazine publisher struggling to stay afloat. Like the troubled company, most face an uncertain future, navigating their problems from trial separations and parenthood to a terminally ill parent. Drawing from her […] More »
July-August 2011

Fiction: “It’s Just Not Working Out” by Zoe Whittall

Zoe WhittallWebsite@zoewhittall

Dear Katie, I woke up with a lingering vision of my Aunt Agnes’s swollen feet propped on her filthy coffee table. They looked like two puff pastries stuffed into once pastel blue slippers, now the colour of a graying robin’s egg. Aunt Agnes smoked like a tire yard on fire. When I was a child […] More »
March-April 2011

Book Review: By Love Possessed by Lorna Goodison

Emily LandauWebsite

Lorna Goodison’s latest collection of short stories, By Love Possessed, fuses a sharp ear for language with a keen eye for human behaviour. The Jamaican-Canadian poet, memoirist, and short story writer casts a shrewd yet loving gaze on the mores and idiosyncrasies of contemporary Jamaican society. At first glance, Goodison’s world plays into North American […] More »

Book review: I’m a registered nurse not a whore by Anne Perdue

Katherine LaidlawWebsite

Anne Perdue’s characters face a tough, unforgiving world in her first collection of short fiction, I’m a registered nurse not a whore. Writing from a litany of perspectives—an overworked suburban dad, a frustrated couple renovating their first home, and an alcoholic grandmother—Perdue builds gritty characters who are pathetically funny, keenly aware of their own flaws, […] More »