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Spring 2016 Reading and Writing

CBC Short Story Prize competition runs September to October each year. Sharpen your pencils. CAD$25 per entry. In the meanwhile, have a few poems on your sleeve? Check out the CBC Poetry Prize submit by May 31! And if you … Continue reading

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Animal Crackers

We have a soft spot of short stories with a weird or unexpected animal imagery. The “beast”of the short story might not fully explained but keeps the reader fascinated. A look back at some of our favourites: The Coming Flood … Continue reading

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MRU21: Monsters

The story that generated the most debate was Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. It was not our favourite story to begin with, but after diving into the strange of the man who cannot remember names (but comes up with many), we … Continue reading

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MRU14: Sleeping Beauty

“The Story of An Hour”(1894) by Kate Chopin (US) A woman reacts to the news of her husband’s death. “The Truth According to Parviz Mansoor Samadi” (2008) excerpt from Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator on Piazza Vittorio by Amara … Continue reading

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MRU11: Cacophony of Francophone Voices

“Heading South” (2006) by Dany Laferrière (Haiti/Canada) A young man tries to seduce an older woman. “Epitaph for a Spinster” from the collection Rire Haitien/Haitian Laughter (2006) by Georges Anglade (Haiti/Canada) An unmarried schoolteacher gets the final word. “Crazy Zarife” … Continue reading

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MRU9: “Palm trees, my boy, like humans, experience joy and suffering” (North Africa)

“Absence” (2007) by Yasmina Khadra (Algeria) A young man’s reality is blurred by a summer crush. Story: http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/absence/ “Izzat Amin Iskandar” from the collection Friendly Fire: Ten Tales of Today’s Cairo (2004) by Alaa Al-Aswany (Egypt) A boy with an … Continue reading

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MRU8: In the Blink of a Clock (Korea/Japan)

“In Goats’ Eyes Is the Sky Blue?” by Natsuo Kirino (Japan) A boy counts out the last days of his restricted life in a prisoners’camp. Story: http://www.granta.com/Online-Only/In-Goats-Eyes-is-the-Sky-BlueBlue “It’s Been Just a Year and a Half Now Since I Went with … Continue reading

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