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

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Strange and Terrible Place

The Rotunda in Zamosc Poland was used as a prison by the Nazis. Over five thousand people died there, tortured to death, executed or starved to death. The doors lead to small dark cells. Many members of the Polish resistance movement were imprisoned here. The Nazis began  a campaign to remove people from the country side and fill the empty towns and farms with German "settlers." They forced women into brothels and kidnapped children to transport into Germany to German families. The Zamosc Jews, who made up 43% of the population, were gunned down in the streets or sent to the death camps. The Polish resistance, with incredible bravery and tenacity, saved many. For example, the local aristocrat, Count Jan Zamoyski and his wife saved over 500 children. Walking in the enclosed space, no one else around, my feet crunching the gravel, felt claustrophobic.  The walls of broken crumbling brick weighed on me. I wanted to fall on my knees because I could not stand my inability to understand.

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