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Poetry on rails with the PoetTrain, kulturBOT
April 20, 2015 | 3:25 pm

Canada is in the middle of an epic month for poetry with some of the most magical manifestations of mechanized minstrelry ever made, as the Great Canadian PoetTrain Tour hits the rails to celebrate National Poetry Month, carrying, among its passenger list of a score or so poets, my kulturBOT 3.0, a "robotic artwork created by David Harris Smith and Frauke Zeller," designed to compose verse to accompany the tour. my kulturBOT 3.0, a "‘self-publishing’ robot" that looks rather like a cross between a Roomba and the BB-8 rolling droid from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, "will produce...

The poet, the pipeline, and the punitive lawsuit
November 13, 2014 | 8:25 pm

Poetry, that harmless, airy-fairy, abstruse pursuit ... that you get slapped with a $5.6 million lawsuit for. Come again? Yes, this is exactly what happens in Stephen Harper's Canada, where Vancouver poet and professor at Simon Fraser University Stephen Collis is one of six defendants being sued for $5.6 million by Texas-headquartered energy giant Kinder Morgan (slogan: "A Different Kind of Energy Company") “for their part in opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline and terminal expansion” at Burnaby Mountain. This follows a move by the city of Burnaby to appeal against a decision by Canada's National Energy Board to allow Kinder Morgan...

Updates from Ottawa!
October 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

canada.jpegI'm sure everyone has heard the news by now about yesterday's events in my nation's capital. We have a young relative in Ottawa who we visit there several times a year, and we have been to all those places; we were relieved to speak to him last night to find everything going well. The teachers were in 'safe' mode but not actual lockdown, so although the school doors were locked and the windows closed and curtained, they were able to run a regular school day and he had no clue anything was going on. We of course had been following the...

Canada’s National Reading Campaign shows reading is good for your … body?
October 10, 2014 | 12:30 pm

infographic-reading-saves-lives Canada's National Reading Campaign has partnered with CBC to pull together an infographic to show the bodily benefits of reading, as if improving your mind wasn't reason enough. For most, I'm sure that point is obvious enough, but it's good to see - literally - graphic proof that a healthy mind means a healthy body - as well, apparently, as a healthier mindset and more socially responsible attitude....

Interview with Peter Watts
September 19, 2014 | 4:08 pm

Style: "Neutral"I asked Peter Watts, author of the brilliant and genre-redefining science fiction novels Blindsight and Echopraxia, a few questions about his own working methods and the genre (or genres) he works in. Here are his responses. TeleRead: Do you see any ingrown shortcomings in the genre/subgenre you work in, and do you try to correct those? Peter Watts: I don't think I'm competent to answer this question; I'm not sufficiently familiar with the genre to make valid generalizations about its shortcomings. One of the few things that really bugs me about my life at this point is that I don't get much...

Yota Devices moving from Russia to Canada
August 10, 2014 | 2:56 pm

According to a report in Canada's Financial Post, Yota Devices, the makers of router equipment and the very interesting Yotaphone, is relocating from its original home base in Moscow to either Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario. The decision is unrelated to the current political climate in and regarding Russia, according to the article, but is prompted partly by the desire to tap the talent pool of current and former BlackBerry engineers in Canada. The Yotaphone attracted attention before because of its eink back display, which is designed to combine with its front-facing LCD to provide a complete hybrid smartphone/ereader experience. So far,...

Alice Munro’s ex-husband gives away the store, hands Munro’s Books to staff
July 15, 2014 | 1:20 pm

Here's a good and positive story for these days of doomsaying and handwringing over the fortunes of bookstores. Munro's Books in Victoria, British Columbia, founded in 1963 by Jim Munro and his then wife, Nobel laureate Alice Munro, is passing into the hands of its staff on the retirement of its founder. The thriving institution, "Canada's most magnificent bookstore," has been at its present 1108 Government Street premises since 1984, in a 1909 neo-classical building originally designed for the Royal Bank of Canada. Jim Munro, now 84, will hand the store over to four senior employees on his retirement in September,...

Book review: Every House is Haunted, by Ian Rogers, ChiZine Publications
July 12, 2014 | 6:37 pm

Canadian dark fiction and horror writer Ian Rogers' debut story collection Every House is Haunted comes garlanded with accolades. The book has received the 2013 ReLit Award in the Short Fiction category, and praise from almost every quarter. It's the sort of reputation that makes you hurry to start it to see what's really inside. The whole collection is structured like a house, with sections such as "The Vestibule," "The Library," "The Attic," "The Den," and "The Cellar." This doesn't mean any uniformity of content: The stories are highly diverse, some Lovecraftian ("The Dark and the Young," "Inheritor"), some occult ("Cabin D"), and some plain...

Canada’s anti-spam laws take effect this week
July 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

canada's anti-spam lawsSome of our Canadian readers may have noticed a sudden glut of emails from websites, mailing lists and so forth which include an opt-in link. Surprise! It's not a phishing scam! These emails are legitimate communiques from any organization you might deal with who is based in Canada. The reason these emails have been going out is that Canada's new anti-spam laws are scheduled to take effect this week. Michael Geist has a great write-up on his newly redesigned website which explains what's going on: "The biggest substantive change in the law  comes from the requirement for express consent. Express consent requires...

Book Review: Burnt Black Suns by Simon Strantzas, Hippocampus Press
May 10, 2014 | 10:02 am

Regular readers of TeleRead will probably have seen by now coverage of Canadian dark fiction author Simon Strantzas. His latest collection, Burnt Black Suns from Hippocampus Press, is doing a good job of confirming him as one of the premier writers in the field. He has written very well and eloquently elsewhere on the current state of dark fiction and horror, and here is his latest creative contribution to the debate. This is a collection that is very much about variety, as well as some very assured paying of dues and tributes. “Beyond the Banks of the River Seine" is a homage...

Fahrenheit 451 rages north of 49th parallel as Canuck government said burning books
January 11, 2014 | 10:40 am

fahrenheit 451The Canadian administration of Stephen Harper, accused elsewhere of waging a "war on science," appears to be carrying the struggle to the bookshelves. At least if the testimony of scientists working with and close to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is to be believed. According to reports, 11 DFO research libraries are being consolidated into four, with - depending on who you believe - the contents either carefully digitized or winnowed to remove duplications, or broken up and destroyed in a process of "libricide." The office of Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea issued a combative press release to counter...

Quill & Quire survey shows publishing still a satisfying career – at least, in Canada
December 13, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Quill & Quire, "Canada's magazine of book news and reviews," recently released a survey of attitudes, standards, and salaries in the publishing profession. The results hardly paint a picture of an industry in decline. Of course, publishers could always be happier, and have some very specific discontents, but overall, they seem to be surviving digital disruption very well. Excerpts from the actual survey show salaries and compensation sort of holding ground in the profession. On average, around 56 percent of all employee types received bonuses in 2012, with the percentage in sales, marketing and publicity rather higher (though that may be...

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