Archive for ‘Montreal’

January 24, 2011

Knocking on Doors

An interesting insight from SLS Montreal panelist and guest lecturer Steve Almond on his first experience of capitalism and his   work today as a writer.

August 9, 2010

More from the World of Friends of SLS

Kevin Canty’s Everything in the New Yorker

SLS Montreal reader/moderator/community liaison Ian Orti reviewed in The Globe and Mail

Chuck Klosterman catches up with Bill Simmons on the BS Report

June 8, 2010


Big congrats to SLS Montreal special guest Gary Shteyngart, who was recently named one of the twenty best writers under forty by the New Yorker.  The New Yorker’s list was compiled in part by another SLS special guest, fiction editor Deborah Treisman; you can read her and co-editor Cressida Leyshon’s essay about choosing the top twenty here.

May 26, 2010


The always reliable Pop Matters has asked nearly every music critic they could get their hands on to share their tips for aspiring journalists, reviewers, and feature writers.  Among the host of participants is SLS Montreal faculty member Chuck Klosterman, whose advice is sage, sober, and practical (“Clarity is extremely important, unless you honestly don’t care about how people interpret your ideas.”)  Check out the article here (Chuck is at the bottom of the page).

May 24, 2010


SLS Montreal faculty member Kevin Canty has recently launched a new website in support of his forthcoming novel, Everything. Canty has taken on the herculean task of completing and posting a new short story every month for the next year; you can read the first installment, “King of the Elephants,” here.

May 11, 2010


SLS Montreal special guest Gary Shteyngart was recently interviewed by the folks at The Days of Yore, who asked him about his pre-publication life as an aspiring writer.  For those seeking asylum in graduate programs: behold your future.

May 4, 2010

Martin Espada in the Huffington Post

SLS Montreal poetry faculty member Martin Espada has a poem featured in the Huffington Post.  Enjoy it here.

April 30, 2010


Take a gander at Popmatters’ review of SLS friend and special guest Robert Coover’s new crime novel, Noir, wherein the point is made that, unlike certain other A-list authors who have recently dabbled in crime, Coover’s novel is utterly unfilmable–and that’s a good thing.

April 28, 2010


“The Difficulty of Crossing a Field,” the titular opera from SLS Montreal faculty member Mac Wellman’s 2008 collection of plays, recently opened at the University of Texas’ B. Iden Payne Theatre in Austin.  The Austin-American Statesman’s Jeanna Claire van Ryzin was wowed by Wellman’s adaptation of Ambrose Bierce’s 1888 short story, praising it for its enigmatic take on the historical legacy of the American Civil War.  Wellman has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

April 21, 2010


If you haven’t cruised by Big Think’s website, give it a try.  As you might have put together from their name, they’re dedicated to sharing and discussing of ideas, and have put together quite a panel of thinkers, writers, artists, scientists, and others to discuss whatever happens to be important to those panelists.  SLS Montreal special guest Keith Gessen has his own Big Think page, where you can watch him read from his novel (All the Sad Young Literary Men) or discuss the political role of fiction.  He makes a good case for the humanitarian value of writing, saying, “Fiction still has a real role to play in changing the way that people live,” in its ability to act as something of a mirror for its readers.