Archive for ‘Summer Literary Seminars’

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

May 10, 2010

Globe and Mail Africa Special Feature

The Globe and Mail is edited on May 10 by two guest editors – anti-poverty activists Bono and Bob Geldof – who produced a special issue focused on the future of Africa and its importance not just for the more than 1 billion people living on that continent, but for Canadians and the rest of the West as well.  See the full section here.

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 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.

April 14, 2010


“Football,” which is here reprinted on’s Page 2 blog, is the centerpiece essay in SLS Montreal faculty member Chuck Klosterman’s most recent book, Eating the Dinosaur.  It’s essential reading for those who think about football in abstract terms (there are more of us than you think), but it’s also worth reading for Klosterman’s reading of football as essentially progressive in its nature, despite the somewhat-conservative nature of its iconography and demographic.  As with most of Klosterman’s essays, the stated subject is only half of the point; it is his paradoxically serious and playful exegesis of why unimportant things are truly on display here.

March 26, 2010


Speaking with Montana Public Radio, SLS Montreal faculty member Kevin Canty says of writing that “as soon as you know what you’re doing, it’s dead; the energy’s not there.”  Hear him talk about his writing process and read the titular story from his new collection Where the Money Went at MTPR’s The Write Question blog, or read an excerpt from the collection at Random House.

March 26, 2010

Matvei Yankelevich Interview

Good friend of SLS, and former SLS Russia adjunct faculty member Matvei Yankelevich pops up in an engaging interview on Largehearted Boy.  The founder of Ugly Duckling Presse, Kharms scholar, and talented poet and translator is intriguing as always. Read the interview here.