Literature

The best books you’ll read for school

Reading for school doesn’t have to be boring, but all too often, class reading lists make even the keenest students go for a snooze.Continue...

An overview of book cover art

The old saying tells us not to judge a book by its cover, but we’ve been doing exactly that for centuries. From medieval manuscripts to 1980s high fantasy, book covers have long been a visual expression of a book’s content and significance.Continue...

Smokii Sumac talks poetry, identity, and Queen’s Writer’s Residency

Tucked away in Elgin, Ontario, Smokii Sumac spent two weeks at Queen’s Biological Station (QUBS)—the university’s wildlife research centre—in the company of two well-established Canadian authors.Continue...

John Elizabeth Stintzi discusses writing and the natural world

The Queen’s Biological Station (QUBS) is welcoming two writers for a two-week residency this summer: John Elizabeth Stintzi and Smokii Sumac.Continue...

Queen’s English department running Taylor Swift course

Queen’s English department is introducing a course this fall with Taylor Swift at its forefront.

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Art can change the world—historical inaccuracies and all

As Netflix debuts the second season to Bridgerton, author Robert Morrison, Queen’s National Scholar, discussed the series’ nod to Jane Austen’s work.Continue...

‘The Skeleton Press’ releases ninth issue

The Skeleton Press , a free quarterly publication presented by Skeleton Park Arts Festival (SPAF) , released its spring issue Mar. 11.Continue...

Approaching Ramadan as a sh—y Muslim

For most of my life, I’ve hated my parent’s faith and everything associated with it.Continue...

English department hosts Giller Prize Event

Queen’s English Department hosted their annual Giller Prize Event on Mar. 23, celebrating Queen’s alum and current writer-in-residence Omar El Akkad for his winning novel What Strange Paradise .Continue...

‘What Strange Paradise’ is timely and powerful

Omar El Akkad’s Giller Prize-winning novel What Strange Paradise is a moving tale of friendship prevailing in the face of racism, hatred, and cynicism.

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Book review: ‘The Listeners’

The Listeners, by Jordan Tannahill, is a thought-provoking examination of how relationships, mental health issues, gender expectations, and the media can all intersect.Continue...

Stories and poems perfect for study breaks

Whether you’re an English major whose course load is slowly killing your love for literature or a psychology major drained from looking at statistics, here’s a list of short, reviving poems and stories to have open on a tab next to your Google Docs.Continue...

‘Fight Night’ provides a comedic and youthful perspective on family

Canadian writer Miriam Toews’ Fight Night was released last August to immediate acclaim, climbing the national bestseller list onto the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist. Continue...

‘Superhuman’ promotes empathy

“Superhuman” is a short story featured in the anthology Fresh Ink and written by Jamaican-American writer Nicola Yoon. The work explores intersectionality, prejudice, and humanity.Continue...

‘The Skin We’re In’ challenges white supremacy

On Jan. 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted “#WelcomeToCanada” to greet immigrants and celebrate diversity.Continue...

Omar El Akkad reflects on his writing journey

In November 2021, Queen’s graduate Omar El Akkad took home the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel What Strange Paradise. Continue...

Queen’s student releases poetry book

Becoming a published author as a young person can seem impossible.Continue...

Desi love stories for cold winter nights

A new wave of lockdowns means more time spent at home—both a boring situation and a privilege I’ve come to appreciate immensely.Continue...

Exploring the meaning of family in fiction

As a live-at-home Kingstonian, the end of exam season has always been awkward for me.Continue...

Writer Patricia Robertson hosts short story workshop

Canadian writer Patricia Robertson will host a virtual short story workshop on Nov. 23 through the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL).Continue...

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