Giller Short List

Giller Short List
French Exit by Patrick deWitt, Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan,Motherhood by Sheila Heti and An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

Writing Guild Call for a New Member

Wanted: one new member for the Thunder Bay Writers Guild. The Guild is a well-established writing group of 12 members who meet monthly to critique each other’s work and to support and encourage each other in the writing process.

Requirements: to be actively writing and able to produce a polished piece of work (fiction or non-fiction, not poetry) to be critiqued every few months. Able to attend meetings at the college on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Interested? Please send 2 pieces of your work (fiction or non-fiction—between 1,500 - 3,000 words, no poetry) to Jack Shedden at

Deadline: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Monday, April 13, 2015

Two great nights at the Northern Women’s Bookstore.

Carrie Saxifrage Author of memoir The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift

April 7 and a visit by author Carrie Saxifrage to read excerpt from her memoir: The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Set Adrift.

This is an unusual memoir.  It is a series of short stories about the search for self discovery, environmental sustainability and the right action to bring this about.

Saxifrage is a strong writer. Several people at the reading mentioned her compelling prose. People asked for more. The book is available at the Northern Women’s Bookstore.

On April 12, a happy birthday celebration for co-founder of the bookstore, Margaret Phillips. In 2008, the NOWW presented Margaret with the Khoui Award for her contribution to literature in Northwestern Ontario.  This year she will receive a doctorate of letters from Lakehead University. All her life, Margaret has been a strong community force for feminism, Aboriginal rights, local literature, social justice. Reading the list of her accomplishments can make you dizzy but you can read about a few if you scroll down to her photo a few posts below this one.

So the singing was heartfelt when all present sang Happy Birthday. What a swell party if was!

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