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On The Grill: Nick Kolakowski on Storytelling, Social Media, and how Hurricane Sandy led to Maxine

Sandra Ruttan: Total geek writer question. You chose to segment this story and allude to missing gaps in Maxine’s history. Did you write those bits or outline what happened during those gaps?  Nick Kolakowski: I did not write those bits! But I know what happens during them. I’ve been trying mightily over the past few...


Friday’s Forgotten Books: Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Moon of the Crusted Snow introduces us to an Anishinaabe community in northern Ontario, where some of the Indigenous residents still hunt and fish and hold to the ways of their people. Others have lapsed into complacency, coddled by the creature comforts they’ve become accustomed to. The first sign that anything is wrong is when...


Fiction: The Ring Walkers

by Caroline Misner We didn’t cast them in the role of invaders when they first arrived. At the time, the concept of an invasion was foreign to us. They were our guests from the other ring, invited by the Elders, to exchange knowledge and culture and ideas. After all, they looked so much like us:...


Reflections: John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids Remains As Timely As Ever In Today’s World

In the future world of The Chrysalids (original U.S. title Re-Birth) all cities are believed to have been left in ruin from Tribulation, which God sent to punish the Old People for their sins. In Labrador, people are raised to follow strict rules. Everything must be in God’s image.  Very little remains from the Old...


Words for Home

Short Fiction by Clint Monette There was a stream I used to go to with my little brother. He was always bigger than me, but he was still my kid brother. We would dip our toes in the cool water, but we’d never go in. Little creatures would swim past while we would sing the...