Michael Helm
by Anna Bowen
September 2017

Michael Helm is the author of Giller Prize-finalist The Projectionist, as well as In the Place of Last Things and Cities of Refuge. An editor at Brick magazine, he teaches at York University. Helm’s new novel, After James (McClelland & Stewart), is a mesmerizing book – it’s impossible not to be pulled completely under by it. In three distinct but interconnected parts, After James takes the reader down a rabbit hole of apocalypse, mystery and technology, and leads them into a skillfully woven narrative.  Read more

Heather O’Neill
by Anna Bowen

Heather O’Neill is a novelist, short-story writer and essayist. Her acclaimed works include Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels. Her work has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and, twice, the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She has also won CBC Canada Reads, the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Danuta Gleed award. Described by Kelly Link as “a fairy tale laced with gunpowder and romance and icing sugar, all wrapped round with a lit fuse,” The Lonely Hearts Hotel (HarperCollins) is the unflinching story of two orphans in 1930s Montreal – a tale of clowns, gangsters, chorus girls, orphans and love. Read more

Jordan Abel on Injun
by Anna Bowen
July 2017

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer completing his PhD in digital humanities and indigenous poetics at Simon Fraser University. He is the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize winner for his 2017 collection, Injun (Talonbooks 2017). Abel is also the author of poetry collections Un/inhabited (2014) and Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winning The Place of Scraps (Talonbooks, 2013). Injun destabilizes colonial images of “Indians” in a 10,000-page source text of pulp westerns published from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s by “retracing, defacing and effacing” the use of the word through cutups, examining racism and representation of Indigenous peoples. Read more