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Great expectations

AGONY EDITOR

Dear Agony Editor,

I’m a novelist at the mid-point of my career. I thought writing novels would get easier the more I wrote, but it hasn’t. It’s gotten harder. What’s up with that?

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Canadian food writing has come into its own, despite the lack of a homegrown Anthony Bourdain or Ruth Reichl. Three authors share their insights into the country’s culinary prose
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Veronika Martenova Charles transforms her immigration to a new country into a fairy tale, complete with happily ever after
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Ahmad Danny Ramadan’s first novel examines issues of pain and masculinity arising out of the ongoing Syrian conflict
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Peter Unwin attempts something rare in modern CanLit: a flat-out, corrosive satire
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