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CITY OF WORDS
Reporting Lies
Alberto Manguel on alternative facts, lazy journalists and the trust that is leaking out of the media.
RETRACTION
Hash Brownies Were Not Consumed
Craig Silverman collects corrections, clarifications and other notices of factual errors published in major Canadian daily newspapers.

Eleven Days Left to Submit to the Geist Erasure Poetry Contest

We have extended the deadline for the Geist Erasure Poetry Contest! You now have until September 30, 2017 to omit your way to the winners circle!

Erasure poetry begins with an existing piece of text. Letters, words and punctuation are removed and what's left behind is a new stand-alone poem. The erasure text for the 2017 Geist Erasure Poetry Contest is an excerpt from Wacousta by John Richardson, one of the oldest Canadian novels.

Get all the details, including the full erasure text, here.


AFTERLIFE OF CULTURE
Court Jester
"One of the indispensable figures of contemporary journalism is the cutting-edge cultural commentator."—Stephen Henighan
BUTCH LOVE
If I Was a Girl
"Now, although it is true that I technically fall into the biologically female category, I do lack most of the requirements for membership in the feminine realm."—Ivan Coyote

Musicworks SONIC GEOGRAPHY Writing Contest

The Musicworks Sonic Geography Contest is now open. Deadline: October 27, 2017.

Describe your soundworld in 500 words and enter the 7th annual juried writing contest. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or silent.

First prize: $500 cash, publication of your work in Musicworks and on musicworks.ca.
Second prize: $200 cash and publication of your work on musicworks.ca.
Third prize: $100 cash and publication of your work on musicworks.ca.

Get all the details including submission information here.


THIS WEEK IN REVIEW

Joseph Howe and the Battle for Freedom of Speech
Michal Kozlowski reviews Joseph Howe and the Battle for Freedom of Speech by John Ralston Saul. More »

Buds Kissing Buds
Roni Simunovic reviews Slammed in the Butthole by my Concept of Linear Time by Chuck Tingle. More »

Jack Kerouac, Francophone
Michael Hayward reviews two new books that explore the Francophone roots of Jack Kerouac. More »

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