Alex Manley

  • 2011 English Awards Wrap-Up

    Lit Nerds Take Home Books, Cash Prizes, Future Play Performances for Their Hard Work

    On Friday afternoon as the second of two, at times heated, CSU election debates wrapped up in the Hall building, the 2011 Concordia English Awards ceremony

  • A History of Literary Arts In The Link

    The Link’s first dedicated literary arts editor—known then as the “literary coordinator”—was Phil Moscovitch.

  • Internet Poetics

    Steve Roggenbuck Is on the Frontlines of the War for the Future of Poetry

    Steve Roggenbuck is from the Internet.

  • Laytonest of the Best, Pt. II

    The Link Chats With the Finalists for the Irving Layton Prize for Fiction

    “The main character grabs his unconscious friend and throws him in a car, making a run for the hospital.”

  • Manly Feminism

    On Men Who Embrace the Movement

    It’s hard to grow up as a gangly, awkward, anti-social nerd with a last name like Manley and not develop a very acute consciousness of gender roles in North American culture.

  • Editorial

    Globalization of Anger

    Thanks to a rapidly emerging technology that’s changing the way information is delivered to us, the world is getting smaller.

  • No Easy Poems

    Sheryda Warrener’s Hard Feelings Tough Yet Tender

    Hard Feelings, Sheryda Warrener’s debut poetry collection, is broken down into four sections, each one with its own unique tone.

  • Capturing the Uncapturable

    Girard’s Bigfoot an Authentic Snapshot of Teenagehood

    As a child, it’s easy to get caught up in tall tales, and it’s often difficult to outgrow them completely.

  • The Unscience of Sleep

    Nothing What It Seems in Hall’s Certainty Dream

    Kate Hall’s poetry collection The Certainty Dream, which won her the 2010 Quebec Writers Federation’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry on Nov. 23, is a strange beast.

  • Book Review: Krakow Melt

    Set in Poland in the late ‘90s, Krakow Melt is the story of Radek and Dorota, two counter-culture art snobs with a little bit of revolution in their blood, or in Radek’s case, a little bit of revolution in his nail polish.

  • Sentimentalists Fools

    Skibsrud’s Giller-Winning Debut More Than Meets the Eye

    Much like winning a shootout against the fastest gun in the Old West, winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize is a bit of a risky move. It can put a bit of a target on your back; all of a sudden, every hack out there who fancies himself a big shot is gunning for you.

  • Andrusyshyn’s Mammoth Up for Award

    Mammoth, much of which acts as a eulogy for Andrusyshyn’s father, balances absurdist, magical realism-inspired comedic elements with the solemnity of that absence.

  • The Strange Tale of the Magical Invisible Book

    Johanna Skibsrud’s Giller-Winning Debut Novel to Finally Hit Shelves This Week

    On Tuesday, Nov. 9, 30-year-old Concordia alumna Johanna Skibsrud won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award, for her debut novel, The Sentimentalists.

  • Poems From Shillers

    Hajnoczky’s New Book Provokes Thought

    I’m a big fan of supporting indie culture. I like giving my money to small bands, though I’m loath to pay for things by Kanye West. It’s probably because I like culture that challenges accepted genre and medium constraints.

  • The Intangible Quarterly

    ConU Based Online Lit Journal The Incongruous Quarterly Prepares for Second Issue

    Two weeks ago at Writers Read, a question was posed to the Concordia creative writing alumni on the discussion panel about the death of the book. Mike Spry, who runs the Summer Literary Seminars based out of Concordia, was quick to respond, saying that he didn’t think the book would die out, but that the literary journal definitely would.

  • Series Business

    Concordia Co-op Bookstore Hosts Local Legends Readings

    Concordia is home to a host of pretty left-wing, hippy-dippy groovy enterprises to better the lives of its students. Consider: the Really, Really Free Market, The People’s Potato, The Hive, Le Frigo Vert, and so on. Well, there’s another one to consider: The Concordia Community Solidarity Co-operative Bookstore.

  • Editorial

    A Safe Place for Everyone

    Imagine being unable to use public washrooms because of who you were or how you looked. Having to always get your bodily functions in order before you left the house, because there was no real chance of relieving yourself at any public facilities.

  • Full Transcript of the Interview With Alexander MacLeod

    Alex Manley conducted an email interview with Canadian author Alexander MacLeod for “Short Listing,” published in The Link’s Oct. 19 issue. Here’s the full transcript of that interview, touching on MacLeod’s experiences as both son and father, how being shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize has changed his life, and the process of writing his debut short story collection, Light Lifting.

  • Short Listing

    Alexander MacLeod Grabs Giller Nod for Light Lifting, Makes It to Montreal

    Until recently, Alexander MacLeod was not a name you’d necessarily recognize when it came to Canadian literature.
    That’s about to change.

  • Lenny Bruce Is Dead! Long Live L—Ahh, Never Mind

    Jonathan Goldstein’s long-dead comedic masterpiece rises from the grave

    “It’s like a joke,” said Ira Glass, “if jokes were supposed to make you sad instead of happy.”
    That’s a line taken from the foreword to Jonathan Goldstein’s first novel, Lenny Bruce Is Dead. The book was originally published in 2001 and is being re-released this month by Coach House Books.