Author Archives: Nico Mara-McKay

About Nico Mara-McKay

Nico Mara-McKay is a freelance writer and poet living in Toronto. She can be found online at nicomaramckay.com and on Twitter @plutopsyche.

Linkage: Arts funding, gender representation, and diversity

Writing Arts funding in style. “It’s rather shocking when, as an artist, people do value what you do.” The New York Film Academy looks at gender representation in film. Geena Davis’ two-step solution to making Hollywood less sexist on-screen. On … Continue reading

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Drones, paying writers, and drinking

Awards Eleanor Catton’s winning all the things this year. In addition to the Man Booker Prize, she’s also won The Governor General’s Award for Fiction for The Luminaries. Congratulations! Congratulations also to Katherena Vermette, winner of The Governor General’s Award … Continue reading

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Virgins, slavery, and rejection

Awards Congratulations to Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for “master of the contemporary short story.” Munro is the 13th woman to win the prize since 1901, and the first Canadian woman to do so. Congratulations … Continue reading

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Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Seeks 2015-16 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program encourages submissions from promising Canadian writers for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence, a ten-month residency at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts from August 15, 2015 to June 15, 2016. This is a unique … Continue reading

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Linkage: Diversity, book trailers, and the fourth worst job in Canada

Criticism & Reviews Roxane Gay explores diversity in literature at The Nation. Publishing & Publicity Making a book trailer may be easier and cheaper than you though. Magazines & Journals Apparently being a journalist is the fourth worst job in … Continue reading

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Linkage: Pitching, diversity, and poetry apps

Criticism & Reviews Is literary criticism a dying art? Does it make sense to make that assertion in a review of a new collection of criticism? Magazines & Journals There’s a lot of advice floating about on how to pitch, … Continue reading

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Linkage: Ingenues, the Mako Mori Test, and bookshelfies

Interviews & Profiles Claire Cameron interviews NoViolet Bulawayo about her latest book, We Need New Names. Magazines & Journals The Riveter is a new magazine which features and celebrates long-form journalism written by women. It was founded by Kaylen Ralph and … Continue reading

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Linkage: Chocolate, typefaces and time travel

Publishing & Publicity Want to sell more books? Research suggests infusing bookshops with the aroma of chocolate boosts sales. Perhaps this could be tried at book launches, too? Fond of a European typeface, but unsure how to say it? Fortunately,  … Continue reading

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Linkage: Publishing seasons, Stella and genius

Awards Alice Munro won the 2013 Trillium Book Award for her latest collection of short stories, Dear Life. Criticism & Reviews Natalize Zina Walschots reviews Chuck Klosterman’s I Wear The Black Hat. Alice Munro is a genius, Jared Bland explains. … Continue reading

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Linkage: Collusion, raunch and dressing like a woman

Counted CWILA’s 2012 numbers are out. Stacey May Fowles and Erin Wunker comment. Awards Congratulations to Barbara Reid, who was appointed to the Order of Canada. Criticism & Reviews JK Rowling’s latest, Casual Vacancy, had a lukewarm reception, while Robert Galbraith’s … Continue reading

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