Canada Arts Connect chats with Toronto writers Jenny Sampirisi and Liz Worth about their experiences (and anxieties) as they prepare to send their debut poetry collections into the world.

Coach House poet Jenny Sampirisi talks to the Fader Paper Project's Braydon Beaulieu about the ideas (some theoretical, some critical, some whimsical) that underlie her new poetry collection, Croak. The work is a slightly grotesque, slightly fantastic girl-meets-frog dialogue that is nevertheless grounded in contemporary gender politics and in anxieties over the state of the natural world.

As part of their Word on the Street Festival preview, Open Book: Toronto offers a Q and A with novelist Cordelia Strube. As she gears up for her upcoming WOTS reading, Strube discusses the difficulties of putting on an engaging public performance without bumping into the furniture.

The Scotiabank Giller longlist is now up on the interwebs, and we're delighted to report that Suzette Mayr's Monoceros is among the chosen books. Monoceros offers a multi-vocal look at a high school community responding to the suicide of a gay teenager within its midst.

The ReLit shortlist is up, and we're happy to report that it includes Coach House poet Jen Currin, whose most recent collection, The Inquisition Yours, offers a surrealistic, but also topical, look at contemporary culture and its attendant anxieties. The ReLit Award is Canada's foremost prize for independent authors and poets.

Congratulations, Jen, well done!

Have you ever been to literary Toronto? It’s the city where Patrick Lewis swam the murky tunnels of the H.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant; where David Staunton interrupted a magic show at the Royal Alexander Theatre to publicly accuse Paul Dempster of murder; where Scott Pilgrim goaded Lucas Lee into attempting a suicidal skateboard stunt along the Baldwin Steps.

Last Saturday, Glenn Goluska, veteran typesetter and designer for Coach House, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and McGill-Queen's University Press, passed away after a short struggle with cancer.

Good fiction is always humourous, says the Montreal Gazette's Ian McGillis. And by that measure, Wednesday's triple bill at the Drawn and Quarterly bookstore is sure to please.

In response to the recent publication of No Rest for the Dead, a crime novel written piecemeal by twenty-six different authors, the National Post decided to try its hand at collective composition, albeit on a smaller scale.

For those of you who believe, as we do, that literature should be heard as well as read, check out our modest but exciting audiobook selection available through iambik, an online purveyor of adventurous independent titles, new and old.