Friday, August 21, 2009

Atwood blogs and other lit news

Here is some Canlit news shamelessly cribbed from here and there.

Margaret Atwood has launched a blog to publicize her new book, Year of the Flood, to be released September 22. Check it out at Atwood must write in her sleep. Seems to me she just put out Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth.

Harper Collins Canada, announced film rights to Lawrence Hill's novel The Book of Negroes have just been sold to noted Canadian director Clement Virgo’s Conquering Lion Pictures. Nice. It should make a great flick.

Canadian Literary Magazines have hit a funding wall. The Department of Canadian Heritage will no longer support small circulation mags. Says Minister James Moore in a letter to The New Quarterly. "The CPF will support a broad range of periodicals, but it will no longer offer support to titles that sell fewer than 5,000 copies total per year, or specialized support for arts and literary magazines, including those that sell fewer than 5,000 copies a year."

Atwood says it all. "The Harper Tories are out to squash the arts into the dust. They basically just hate us."

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