When Gabrielle and I walk toward the Reform synagogue for a Yom Kippur service, Bloor Street is thronged with happy Torontonians, grateful for the unseasonal balmy weather. Patios are teeming with people clinking glasses and laughing; storefronts and restaurants glow with bright, flickering lights. The city feels festive, joyful. It is not supposed to be joyful. It is Yom Kippur, literally “a Day of Atonement,” the holiest and most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. Read more.
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The Writer’s Corner
Barbara Taylor. The Last Asylum. University of Chicago Press, 2014. A book I read earlier in the year that has lingered in my mind. In the 1980s historian Barbara Taylor (born in Saskatchewan, now resident in the UK) published Eve and the New Jerusalem, a well-received study of 19 th -century feminism and socialism, and […]
Who’s Reading What? Bonheur d’occasion, Gabrielle Roy I didn’t pick up this Montreal classic until I’d already left the city. As soon as I opened it, though, I was instantly transported back to the neighbourhood of Saint-Henri, and back in time to WWII. The novel follows a working-class Québécois family as they fall in love, […]
Writing Spaces My writing space is – finally – relatively spacious. After our daughters moved out of the home we’ve lived in for 20+ years, my partner and I each took over one of their former bedrooms, abandoning the adequate but far from ideal office spaces we’d used for the first decade and a half […]
The Wild Writers Festival: Poetry and Prose That’s Out There
The New Quarterly is proud to present the seventh annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 2-4th, 2018 in Waterloo, ON. Join us for a celebration of the feral and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.