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Ian Rankin on Why Crime Fiction is Compelling

by david pensato - Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 10:47am

The Times has posted Ian Rankin's forward to the new Rough Guide to Crime Fiction. Good stuff.

I continue to find the crime novel the perfect vehicle for an unflinching discussion of contemporary issues. After all, the detective has an “all-areas pass” to every aspect of the contemporary urban scene, and this is a way for the crime writer to take the reader into forbidden territory

Categories: buzz

Griffin '07: Charles Wright's Scar Tissue and Don McKay's Strike/Slip

by david pensato - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 10:46pm

The Canadian winner, McKay, and the International winner, Wright, have won the richest poetry prize in the world for a single volume of poetry. The two will share the C$100, 000 prize.

Categories: Awards

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An Interview With Michael Van Rooy

by Chadwick Ginther - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 6:18pm

Van Rooy, a Winnipeg crime novelist, won the 2006 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book and has been nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.

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Brooks' Shannara Series Heading to Hollywood

by Chadwick Ginther - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 10:45am

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers has just inked a deal with bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks to bring the world of his Shannara novels to the silver screen.

Categories: buzz, SciFi & Fantasy

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Fragile Things, by Neil Gaiman

by Joan Marshal - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2007 at 4:38pm

Do you love old stories, the myths, the fairy tales that link us to the past, that swirl out of the dark mist that shrouds the land? If so, you'll be enchanted by Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things.

Categories: Reviews, SciFi & Fantasy

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