The anonymous woman in bed beside me adamantly shakes my shoulder. She had a name last night. She must have, as part of my hook-and-line I complimented her “pretty name” and said, “it suits you.” Unless a woman’s name is Mavis, I normally compliment her pretty name.
#MeToo backlash is here, and it is exhausting.
Whether you’re building a New Year’s resolution reading list or hoping to renew your faith in #CanLit, we at Room are here to help. This list of some of our most beloved fiction, poetry, and non-fiction books by queer Canadian writers, compiled by fourteen members of the Room collective, is a great place to start.
Sooo . . . now what? It's the question on everybody's mind, and here to help us sort through the raging garbage fire of our culture (aka rampant sexism) is Morgan Brayton, a most wonderful actor, comedian and writer. Morgan's contribution to the #MeToo dialogue is essential, in part because the movement has impacted her on a very personal level. Join Mica and Morgan for an emotionally intense, but ultimately morale-boosting, interview that covers everything from the "rapist roll call" to the Marvellous Mrs. Maisel. Photo: Morgan Brayton.
Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of nine books of creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, and the judge of Room magazine's 2018 Short Forms Contest (extended to January 29). In the following interview, Jane talks to Room's Mica Lemiski about their upcoming book of flash fiction, Soon I Will Be Dead, the shrinking word counts of literary magazine submissions, blurring genres, and what they look for in a contest submission.
Do we ever really know our parents? Do we even want to? These are just some of the questions author Gurjinder Basran (Everything Was Goodbye, Someone You Love is Gone) tackles with host Mica Lemiski on Part 2 of our Family Secrets episode of Fainting Couch Feminists. Also included in this episode: a dove flies into Mica's window, Gurjinder reveals her past as a nosey child and discusses the importance of grieving on your own terms.
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In January 2017, Arielle Spence spoke with Ann Y.K. Choi about her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety. Kay’s—which was a finalist for the 2016 Toronto Book Award—charts the coming-of-age of Mary, a Korean Canadian teenager living in Toronto in the 1980s. Over the course of the conversation, Ann spoke about lessons learned from teenagers; motherhood and migration; discovering one’s agency; a Handbook for Debut Novelists; and practicing gratitude.
When a loved one dies, is “closure” something we really want? Carys Cragg (pictured)—author of Dead Reckoning: How I Came To Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father—doesn’t think so, and says her relationship with her father, who was murdered when she was only eleven, continues to evolve 25 years after the crime. In Part 1 of our “Family Secrets” episode, host Mica Lemiski chats with Carys about why she decided to contact the man who killed her father, and what it means to finally share her own side of the story.
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