Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

GO AHEAD, KICK SOME WRITERS WHEN THEY'RE DOWN

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Did anyone else get a letter from the Canada Council recently saying that although they were "highly recommended" for a writing grant, there was no funding?

If I weren't fully occupied keeping my door shut against wolves and mailpersons with heavy letters from VISA, I might have clapped my hands and laughed.

Good one!

What have they done with our money? Has Bernie Madoff been crunching their numbers?

Is this revenge for our votes?

And what about our respected literary journals, the nurseries for our literature and international showcases for our stunningly diverse and articulate writers.

Bang, you're dead, says Harper, playing cowboys with his big gun.

I know the Malahat Review doesn't have the circulation of Hello! Penthouse, or the National Enquirer, but if big circulation means big tits, guys jerking off in cubicles, and little girls planning their first hit of botox, no thanks.

I don't think editor John Barton should have to put centrefolds in the Malahat to satisfy The Canada Council criteria.

If you're with me, say so. Get mad. Stand up for our literary magazines. They are the acorns from which mighty oaks grow.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers is the author of the novels Say My Name (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), Friday Water (Cormorant Books, 2003) and The Empress Letters (Cormorant Books, 2007). She has also published several collections of poetry, including Love in the Rainforest (Exile Editions, 1996), Heaven Cake (Sono Nis Press, 1997), The Saning (Sono Nis Press, 1999) and The Bursting Test (Guernica Editions, 2002).

Go to Linda Rogers’s Author Page