Fertig’s new poems

“Poet, publisher and long-time supporter of the writing community, Salt Spring Island-based Mona Fertig (left) has released her first collection of poems in 14 years.” FULL STORY


National Crossword Day — really?

December 03rd, 2014

We’re pretty sure you didn’t know December 21 is Crossword Puzzle Day, the anniversary of the date Arthur Wynne published the first crossword puzzle. A pretty good reason to take notice of Gwen Sjogren’s latest collection of all-Canadian crosswords. It’s will test your Canuck knowledge–and we are not talking Pavel Bure or Richard Brodeur.

“I’ve designed hundreds of crosswords, but my goal is always the same. People often equate crosswords with brain gym, but my hope is that solvers come away with some smiles and chuckles, too.”—Gwen SjogrenSjogren, Gwen jacket

O Canada Crosswords Book 15

by Gwen Sjogren

Nightwood Editions
8.5 x 11 – 232 pages
Paperback – $12.95
September 2014

With eighty-five all new crosswords, Gwen Sjogren’s O Canada Crosswords Book 15 features plenty of puns and challenging wordplay for Canadian solvers from coast to coast. The specifically Canadian-themed crosswords cover writers, landmarks, music and cities, and include puzzles called Shining in Sochi, Leading Canadian Men, National Parks and Playing for Keeps (about hockey stars who never left their teams). This cornucopia of Canadiana covers new ground with themes on music, awards, tennis and exports that require a certain measure of Canuck knowledge.

Gwen Sjogren has garnered the respect of her devoted crossword fans by crafting clever clues and thoughtful themes, wordplay, puzzle design and trivia. In addition to the favourite layouts, Book 15 contains ten puzzles that have no fill-in-the-blank clues. For people who love witty brainteasers, O Canada Crosswords 15 is the ultimate collection.

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