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Canadian Authors' Literary Resolutions for 2014 - Part One

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When it comes to resolutions for the New Year, writers have their own very unique lists. So we asked a few of CanLit's finest to share with Open Book about their goals for 2014. From new projects to reading lists, these authors offer some inspiring aspirations — and we wish them the best of luck!

Canadian Authors' Literary Resolutions for 2014

Stacey May Fowles

Author of Infidelity (ECW Press)

I've usually got a bunch of pieces on the go, so my hope this year is to try to focus primarily on one daunting book length project. Sadly, this resolution conflicts heavily with my desire to write so much more about baseball, but we'll see how that all works out.

Stacey May Fowles' is an essayist, critic and novelist whose most recent book, Infidelity, is out with ECW Press.

Catherine Graham

Author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak & Wynn)

My literary resolution for 2014 is to (finally!) conduct a clean-up both internal and external — the former through meditation and mindfulness, and the latter through reorganization of my study.

Catherine Graham is the author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Author of All the Broken Things (Random House Canada)

When my first novel, The Nettle Spinner, was about to be published, in 2005, I had this plan to take a copy and make a kind of quilt out of the pages. I wanted to undo the binding, separate the pages and sew it together in a huge square. This year, 2014, I will do this. The plan is becoming more elaborate, and will probably require some sort of agent to make the paper waxy, like vellum. I will handsew it, and also probably use a machine. I may also work some of the pages in various ways. The Nettle Spinner is about a magical story cloth, and I want to turn the book object into such a thing. I am hoping to have accomplished this task by 2015, ten years after the publication.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s new novel All The Broken Things is about a boy bear wrestler.

Robert McGill

Author of Once We Had a Country (Knopf Canada)

To cut down on writing's simple carbs; to find alternative nourishment in hypotaxis, sesquipedality, dithyrambs and euphuism.

Robert McGill’s novel Once We Had a Country (Knopf Canada) was named one of the best books of 2013 by the National Post. Visit him at

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