Suspend Your Disbelief

Laura Roberts


Laura Roberts is the founder and editor-in-chief ofBlack Heart Magazine, a sex news and views site that is also the home of the dirtiest minds in literature. With a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal, she is fascinated with all things CanLit and seeks to share her take on the Canadian perspective as a literary foreign correspondent. She is currently working on her first novel, which is currently titled Blowjobs for the Soul, and keeps a personal blog on her website. Three books she thinks everyone should read for a healthy juxtaposition of the sacred and profane are Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, and Jeanette Winterson’sOranges Are Not the Only Fruit.


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Animals, by Don LePan

In his novel Animals, we follow Don LePan’s characters into a not-too-distant future, where human beings with birth defects are slaughtered as edible products. Readers’ sense of injustice will be roused by LePan’s descriptions of suffering in the feedlots–but can a novel inspire us to stop eating factory-farmed meat? Laura Roberts hopes it can.

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How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead, by Ariel Gore

I haven’t read a book on writing nearly as useful as Ariel Gore’s How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead: Your Words In Print and Your Name in Lights since I bought a copy of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. This is a must-have DIY how-to for any writer interested in success, whether that means starting with homemade zines, jumping straight into big-time publishing, or working part-time on that novel while slaving away at your day job. Gore’s advice will help writers get the word out, get noticed, and get famous—without being a colossal jerk, fame whore, or media spammer.

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recommended read: Fish Bones by Gillian Sze

In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I love Gillian Sze. Not in a “we’re romantically involved” kind of way, but yes, we were classmates at Concordia University for our undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing, and from the first moment I read her work, I knew she was a great writer. So you’ll have to forgive me if I gush over her first book of poetry, Fish Bones (published by DC Books’ Punchy Poetry imprint), because I’ve always had a bit of a girl crush on her. Hopefully that doesn’t sound totally creepy and stalkeresque. I just […]

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Best Sex Writing 2009, by Rachel Kramer Bussel

With her personal take on the best of sex writing from 2009 (or, rather, 2008; the title is a bit of a misnomer), Rachel Kramer Bussel notes that “You don’t have to look far to find sex, but you do have to get a bit bolder when looking for writing and thinking about sex that doesn’t play to the lowest common denominator.”