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Toronto-based poet and author Dionne Brand is known for her critically acclaimed novels and books of poetry. A professor at the University of Guelph, she talks about handwriting, her advice for authors and her ultimate book list.
On handwriting her manuscripts
"I'm kind of old school. That's how I learned to write, so that's how I write. Then, I find someone who understands my writing to type it up. It's a dead art.
On her mantra
"In Pablo Neruda's Nobel speech, there's a line that I sometimes put in my email signature: 'There is no insurmountable solitude.' We are connected as human beings. No life is particularly cut off."
On her favourite destination
"A few years ago, I went to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile with two friends. We landed in Calama and took a taxi to San Pedro de Atacama. What struck me about that road was the silence; utter silence is not something we know about, so, as a poet, I really liked the sound of that."
On advice to writers
"Read widely. So much has been written, and there are so many wonderful writers. What is the library you're working with, and what do you have to add? Then, step out of the boxes of conformity that have been laid down for you."
"The young people who take to the streets saying, 'Black Lives Matter' or 'Idle No More' are in the fight for the world we all want to inhabit—one without racism, without sexism, without homophobia. I look at them and think, Wow, you go."
On her next project
"I'm working on an ars poetica, a work on writing. It takes the form of an argument between someone called the author and someone called the clerk who keeps all of the author's discarded notes. It's this three-headed thing—a hybrid of prose, poetry and essay."
On dealing with race and gender inequality
"The weight these issues bring to bear on people's lives is heavy, but thinking them through isn't heavy. In fact, it lightens them. If we can think our way into a different and better world, isn't that a marvellous thing?"
Her book list
- Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
- The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich
- Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo
- Jazz by Toni Morrison
- Explosion in a Cathedral by Alejo Carpentier
Ready. Set. Shop! Global fashion retailer H&M launches e-commerce in Canada.
Hennes & Mauritz, better known as the Swedish fast fashion retail power house H&M, has finally launched e-commerce in Canada. The announcement to sell to Canadians online was made earlier this year and anticipation has been building. Good news, the wait is over and the online shop is open!
“We are thrilled to launch online shopping in Canada,” says Toni Galli, President of H&M Canada. “This significant milestone fully rounds out H&M’s multichannel offering. Along with more than 80 stores, our Canadian customers will now have twenty four hour access to the best of our fashion and home collections via their computers, smartphones and tablets anywhere in Canada.”
Its e-commerce shop will offer the same collections as in-store, giving customers a wide range of quality basics at affordable prices including men's, ladies, teens and children's clothing along with beauty and home products. They'll also be offering exclusive online-only items that will be available year-round.
To kick off the arrival of the online store, the site will feature extra special deals in the coming weeks along free shipping, though only for a limited time. So start shopping!
Our style department has scanned the site and made their must-have picks—with some crazy-good deals peppered in.
H&M + lace blouse, $50.
Cotton shirt with tie, $30.
Velvet mules, $50.
Ribbed skirt, $13—Online Exclusive
Tuxedo jacket, $65.
Suede skirt, $199.
Patent ankle boots, $30—online exclusive
Denim culottes, $35.
5-pack of rings, $10.
Long shirt, $15. Online exclusive.
H&M + leopard print coat, $149.
H&M + Sequinned dress, $80.
Cold shoulder crêpe blouse, $30.
Cargo pants, $40.
Sleeveless jumpsuit, $70.
Coat TalesWool-blend jacket, $80.
Earrings with tassels, $13.
Pink pleated skirt, $70.
Chelsea boot, $40.
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|This story was originally titled "Queue Jumping" in the November 2013 issue.|
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