Read the story "Cal is Helpful"
Rebecca Rosenblum received her MA in Creative Writing and English from the University of Toronto in 2007. Soon after, she was named a finalist for the Journey Prize for her short story “Chilly Girl,” first published by Exile: the Literary Quarterly. Her work has also appeared in The Danforth Review, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize Stories 19, Coming Attractions, and Best Canadian Stories 08, among others.
Her first collection of stories, Once, winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award for best new work, was published in September 2008. Rebecca lives, works and writes in Toronto.
My Favourite Books
Impossible question—it’s whatever is stuck in my head when I’m asked. Today it’s Kitchen
by Banana Yoshimoto, a book that contains a pair of novellas. Each
piece is fine-stroked with tiny details—the fold of a dishcloth, the
flavour of tea—but the characters are struck by enormous losses. I love
Yoshimoto’s worlds because they are just a little weird, and they
always contain this hint of beautiful magic that signifies hope and
My Favourite Memory
Professor Mark Levine got our Literature
and the Environment class to go see the movie Snakes on a Plane
(outside of class time, of course). Not great cinema, perhaps, but the
conversation at the bar afterwards was truly brilliant!