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A modern-day Ulysses PDF Print E-mail
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Shane Joseph

NEWS | By the Chapter & Verse Team » Author Shane Joseph draws parallels between Martin James, the main character in his novel and with the legendary Greek King of Ithaca in ancient Greek literature. They were both on an odyssey. The difference lies in the fact that Martin is a true Canadian, born overseas and is beset by trials and tribulations while growing up.

He is a modern-day Ulysses, as he faces the quintessential question of the displaced, “Where do I belong.” Against all odds, he escapes from his violence-wracked homeland only to find everything he holds dear in North America jeopardized as he struggles to keep his personal and professional life intact as reality intervenes.

The Ulysses Man is set in Sri Lanka and in Canada and brings the dilemmas faced by many immigrants into sharp focus. It’s a story that many people can relate to in the Greater Toronto Area as it’s the most culturally diverse area in the world. Every newcomer has experienced their own set of challenges when adapting to a new way of living, far away from their homeland.

Joseph draws on his own experiences by capturing vignettes of his own life. He began writing as a teenager living in Sri Lanka and has continued this practice to this very day and as a result, he has become a very prolific writer.

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Feb
03
2012
Spiritual day planner released PDF Print E-mail
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Remember to Pray, a spiritual day planner created by Simone Da Costa, has just been released. The planner, which highlights the fundamentals of proper prayer with 12 effectual prayer principles, is a valuable resource for those seeking to deepen their spiritual life.

“It uses the prayer model given by Jesus Christ to his disciples, with powerful prayer principles, daily scriptural quotes to read and meditate on at your leisure,” says the author. “Remember to Pray is a guide to making prayer a daily, spiritually rewarding exercise, one in which the fundamentals and proper steps to effective prayer are outlined in simple language taken from the Bible.”

For more information, visit www.simonedacosta.com or email dacostasempire@yahoo.ca.

Dec
28
2011
Writing in the rain PDF Print E-mail
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Rite in the Rain

By Patricia Anne McGoldrick » Have you ever been walking through the old-growth forest in British Columbia, visiting Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, whale-watching off the coast of Nova Scotia, or even exploring your own neighbourhood community?

Suddenly, the words of a poem form in your mind, an idea for a blog post surfaces but you are paperless or the weather is too cold or wet to write on that scrap of paper in your pocket.

It is a predicament that I have experienced one time too many.

Yes, I have written a poem on the proverbial paper napkin of Baker’s Cove restaurant, even outlined a story on a paper towel but there is a solution for writers. I have found something much better, all-weather products that are portable and moderately priced.

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Oct
05
2011
$25,000 TD Award For Plain Kate PDF Print E-mail
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NEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » Russian-flavoured historical fantasy Plain Kate has won the $25,000 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

Kitchener, Ontario-based writer, Erin Bow, was named winner of the award from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Tuesday evening in Toronto. It was one of five awards given out for the best in Canadian children’s literature.

Full story on CBC News | Chapter & Verse review

Nov
29
2010
New Section: Writing Contests PDF Print E-mail
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NEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » For all of you writers who love entering contests, this one’s for you. Chapter & Verse is introducing a new section listing fiction, non-fiction and poetry contests open to Canadian residents.

Scouring the web for interesting contests will be our Contests Editor, Maria Pia Marchelletta, who is a published author herself.

If you are planning a contest (or know of one) that our site readers will be interested in, drop us a line via our Contact form.

To go to the Contests section, click here.

Sep
26
2011
Submissions Invited From Writers… PDF Print E-mail
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NEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » Mississauga, Ontario-based publisher In Our Words Inc., (IOWI), is inviting submissions from new and established writers in fiction and non-fiction, particularly in genres of poetry, short stories and children’s books. In Our Words notes that only professionally-edited manuscripts will be accepted for consideration.

In Our Words offers editing, proofreading and manuscript typing as additional services. The company also offers contacts for the services of a graphics illustrator. Writers are advised to ensure that Images and illustrations supplied must be original, royalty-free, and copyrighted to the author.

Queries should be mailed to: In Our Words Inc., 3-251 Queen Street South, Suite #231, Mississauga, ON L5M 1L7 or emailed to inourwords@bell.net. Writers are asked not to mail/email entire manuscripts unless directed to do so. For information about the company, please visit In Our Words Inc.

Jun
29
2010
Poetry Should Come From The Heart PDF Print E-mail
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INTERVIEW | By The Chapter & Verse Team » Poetry should come from the heart, says a woman who should know.

Lynda Anaya recently won the 2nd Annual Women Inspirational Poetry Contest, organized by Toronto poet Oneal Walters, for her entry Upon a Wing and a Smile.

She beat out two other excellent works by Alison Clarke (who took second spot with Sister Moon) and Kimberlee Edgecomb, who had the third-place poem, Cisterns of Love.

“You cannot go wrong if you write from the heart,” said Anaya. “If you spill your emotions upon the page, your words will be believable and others will relate to you based on their own experiences in life. I believe that a true poet’s words flow from the heart.”

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May
03
2010
Lynda Anaya’s Reason To Smile! PDF Print E-mail
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NEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » Lynda Anaya has won the 2nd Annual Women Inspirational Poetry Contest, organized by Toronto poet Oneal Walters.

Her entry, titled Upon a Wing and a Smile, beat out two other excellent works by Alison Clarke (who took second spot with Sister Moon) and Kimberlee Edgecomb, who had the third-place poem, Cisterns of Love.

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Apr
19
2010
New Section For Sneak Previews PDF Print E-mail
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NEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » Chapter & Verse is introducing a new Book Release section. This section will feature current and upcoming book releases as a sneak preview for our readers and the literary community. Actual book reviews will be considered for publication on the Chapter & Verse website later.

Chapter & Verse invites press releases, book listings and publication material from publishers for inclusion in the Book Release section. For inclusion in the Book Review section, please email the Editor-At-Large.

Nov
23
2009
Bishop’s Man Tops Bestseller List PDF Print E-mail
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The Bishop’s Man, by Linden MacIntyreNEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » Leading Canadian journalist Linden MacIntyre’s Giller Prize winning novel The Bishop’s Man has taken top spot on the View the full listAmazon.ca bestseller list.

MacIntyre, the co-host of CBC’s the fifth estate and the winner of nine Gemini Awards for broadcast journalism, won the 2009 Giller earlier this month.

The Bishop’s Man is a deeply wise and moving novel that explores the guilty minds and spiritual evasions of Catholic priests.

Father Duncan MacAskill has spent most of his priesthood as the “Exorcist” — an enforcer employed by his bishop to discipline wayward priests and suppress potential scandal. He knows all the devious ways that lonely priests persuade themselves that their needs trump their vows, but he’s about to be sorely tested himself.

While sequestered by his bishop in a small rural parish to avoid an impending public controversy, Duncan must confront the consequences of past cover-ups and the suppression of his own human needs. Pushed to the breaking point by loneliness, tragedy and sudden self-knowledge, Duncan discovers how hidden obsessions and guilty secrets either find their way to the light of understanding, or poison any chance we have for love and spiritual peace.

Also making the Top 10 on the Amazon list for bestsellers in Canada were Under the Dome: A Novel by Stephen King, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell, Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi, A Soldier First: Bullets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War by Rick Hillier, The Twilight Saga Collection by Stephenie Meyer, Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau: 1968-2000 by John English.

Sarah Palin’s autobiography Going Rogue: An American Life came in at Number 15.

View the full list• View the Amazon bestseller list

Nov
18
2009
Amazon’s Kindle In Canada PDF Print E-mail
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NEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » You can bet it will be one of the hottest gifts for Christmas 2009: Amazon’s Kindle is finally available to Canadians.

In an announcement on its website, Amazon.com said it will now ship the Kindle 2 to customers in Canada, about a month after making it available to 100 other countries.

The main reason for the delay was reportedly because Amazon had not yet struck a deal with a wireless carrier in Canada to allow it to deliver wireless content to the Kindle. There was no comment from Amazon whether such a deal was now in place.

The popular ebook reader – Amazon’s bestselling product – is priced at US$259, but Canadians will have to pay for shipping plus taxes, which will bump up the price to about US$311. Given the current strength of the loonie, it is a good deal with the conversion working out to about C$330.

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Nov
17
2009
Pullinger wins G-G Fiction Prize PDF Print E-mail
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Kate Pullinger, authorBy the Chapter & Verse Team » Canadian expatriate authors scooped the top fiction prizes at the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards, announced today.

Kate Pullinger, originally from Cranbrook, British Columbia, but now based in the UK, claimed her first big literary award for her book The Mistress of Nothing, a historical novel set in 19th century Egypt. She beat out stiff competition, including high-profile authors Alice Munro and the fast-rising Annabel Lyon.

The 47-year-old, Cranbrook, B.C.-bred, U.K.-based author took the $25,000 award for her eighth book, The Mistress of Nothing, a historical novel set in 19th century Egypt. The book was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The French fiction award went to Julie Mazzieri, originally from Saint-Paul-de-Chester, Quebec, but now living in France. She won for Le discours sur la tombe de l’idiot.
(Éditions José Corti; distributed by Diffusion Dimédia).

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Nov
10
2009
Linden MacIntyre Wins Giller Prize PDF Print E-mail
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Linden MacIntyre, winner of the 2009 Giller PrizeBy the Chapter & Verse Team » Linden MacIntyre has won the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel The Bishop’s Man.

The Giller is Canada’s premier prize for fiction and comes with a $50,000 awrd for the winner.

MacIntyre’s win was announced today at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony in Toronto that drew nearly 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities.

Of the winning book, the jury remarked:

“The Bishop’s Man centres on a sensitive topic – the sexual abuses perpetrated by Catholic priests on the innocent children in their care. Father Duncan, the first person narrator, has been his bishop’s dutiful enforcer, employed to check the excesses of priests and, crucially, to suppress the evidence. But as events veer out of control, he is forced into painful self-knowledge as family, community and friendship are torn apart under the strain of suspicion, obsession and guilt. A brave novel, conceived and written with impressive delicacy and understanding.”

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Nov
09
2009
Poems Need Craftsman’s Finesse… PDF Print E-mail
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INTERVIEW | By The Chapter & Verse Team » Penning a prize-winning poem takes a lot of time and effort, say two poets who should know.

Sheila B. Roark and Gabriel Arntt took second and third places respectively in the 2nd Annual Love Poetry Contest, organized by Canadian poet Oneal Walters. The contest was won by John B. Lee (read interview here).

“After deciding on the subject matter, it takes a lot of work, time and editing to produce a winning poem,” said Roark, who has ben writing poetry for about 35 years. “It is easy to just write a poem, but it is very difficult to polish that poem into a piece that will win.”

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Oct
18
2009
Benedictus Scores 10 For Pooh! PDF Print E-mail
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Return To The Hundred Acre WoodNEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » The Return to the Hundred Acre Wood heralds the start of a new generation of Winnie-the-Pooh fans. It was 80 years ago that the last AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh collection, The House at Pooh Corner (1928), was published with illustrations by EH Shepard.

Custodians of Milne’s estate authorized the resurrection of Christopher Robin (Milne) and the extended Pooh family and handed the legacy and creative assignment to British author David Benedictus. The project, a 10-year labour of love, takes readers once again into the world of Robin and Pooh in the company of their animal friends, including Tigger, Piglet, Owl and Eeyore. New to the charmed circle is Lottie the Otter. The characters come alive in the drawings by British writer-illustrator Mark Burgess in the tradition and style set by Shepard.

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Oct
05
2009
Anne Murray Set For Book Tour PDF Print E-mail
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NEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » Legendary singer Anne Murray will launch a 13-city Canadian book tour in support of her much anticipated autobiography, All of Me. The book will be available on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

In her revealing autobiography, the Canadian icon tells, for the first time, the story of her astonishing forty-year career in show business – from her humble origins in the tragedy-plagued coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, to her arrival on the world stage with her first gold record in 1970 and her subsequent string of top-selling hits. All of Me is a candid retrospective of the extraordinary success achieved and the prices that had to be paid.

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Sep
28
2009
The Lost Symbol Sets Records PDF Print E-mail
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NEWS | By The Chapter & Verse Team » First-day sales of Dan Brown’s latest novel The Lost Symbol, which went on sale on September 15, exceeded one million hardcover copies in the US, Canada, and the UK, it was announced.

First week sales for the three countries passed the two million mark, beating out Bill Clinton’s My Life in the record books.

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Sep
20
2009
Poetry Is A Calling: John B Lee PDF Print E-mail
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SubmitINTERVIEW | By The Chapter & Verse Team » Aspiring writers need to keep the faith, read and write a lot, and never lose faith, says award-winning Canadian poet John B. Lee.

The Toronto writer recently won the 2nd Annual Love Poem Contest, organized by poet Oneal Walters. His winning poem was titled In the Heat of the Sun and the Cool of the Moon, I Love. It describes a sexual moment with layered details that are soft and calm.

A much-published and highly-respected poet, Lee says that for him, “poetry is a calling.”

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Sep
14
2009
John B. Lee Wins Poetry Contest PDF Print E-mail
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John B Lee
By the Chapter & Verse Team » John B. Lee has won first place in the 2nd Annual Love Poem Contest, organized by Toronto poet Oneal Walters.

In his winning poem, In the Heat of the Sun and the Cool of the Moon, I Love, Lee describes a sexual moment with layered details that are soft and calm.

Sheila B. Roark took second spot with I Have You and Gabriel Arntt was third with Maelstrom of Love.

The contest challenged writers to pay tribute in verse to a special person in their lives. It was aimed at discovering talented poets; appreciating their skill and announcing them to the literary world. According to the brief provided to poets, the purpose of the contest was not to define, but to write beyond the perceived definition and show all aspects of love.

Lee’s winning piece clearly hit the mark.

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May
25
2009
Six Suspects Join Slumdog! PDF Print E-mail
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REVIEW | By Erika Ayala » Author Vikas Swarup first garnered popularity from the success of Q & A, his debut novel on which the movie Slumdog Millionaire was based. Now for a much-anticipated comeback, Six Suspects, his second novel is likely to meet, if not outdo the success of Q & A.

Vikas Swarup is an extraordinary novelist, very skilled in representing his characters and vividly delving into each one’s idiosyncrasies that contribute to the development of the plot. Six Suspects has a very gritty central plot and a development that won’t let you put it down.

The story revolves in a murder mystery with a complicated twist. A playboy son of a prominent public figure murdered a waitress because she didn’t take his order. But years later he was also found dead at a party he threw to celebrate his acquittal. There are six suspects linked to his murder, each of them just as likely to have killed their host. The interesting part about the six suspects is their occupations; a corrupt public servant; ambitious politician; a tribesman; an American tourist; a Bollywood sex symbol; and a cell phone thief. The investigation that follows the murder is most-riveting and showcases contemporary India.

Vikas Swarup does a wonderful job with Six Suspects, which deserves more attention than it has currently been getting. Six Suspects is not just about a murder mystery, but takes on a deeper criticism about India and how murder viewed, and how murderers get served. Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup is definitely two thumbs up and worthy of a standing ovation for another job well done.

• Erika Ayala works part time for a consumer review company.

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