Conjuring Venice – Writing Historical Fiction with All Five Senses

Painting of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

I may be old-fashioned, but I believe that bodily, visceral energies are essential for writing fiction. When I was asked to complete the late Jackie Park’s historical novel Son of Two Fathers, I had a few chapters she had written and some ideas she had sketched and discussed with me. But, with Jackie gone, I …

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Multiculturalism — Is Canada a Model for Others?

John Ralston Saul recently wrote a paean to Canadian multiculturalism indicating that multiculturalism is a panacea and that the ‘nation’ is an outmoded concept. I commented as below: John Ralston Saul makes a number of good points; however, I think we are a bit complacent and smug about our superiority as Canadians as regards multiculturalism: …

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