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Colombo’s Latest Book of Poems

A World of Differences is the title of the latest collection of poetry written by John Robert Colombo. It is a trade paperback, 6″ x 9″, 300 pages in length. It brings together the “poems and effects” composed by this … Continue reading

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Four Hundred Years of Rob Sawyer

Three guest speakers — author/anthologist John Robert Colombo, Quebec novelist Elisabeth Vonarburg, and New York editor Robert G. Hartwell — pose with celebrated, Toronto-based author Robert J. Sawyer at the conference held in his honour and titled “Science Fiction: The … Continue reading

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The largest collection of its kind ever published

There are over 1,000 jokes and anecdotes in John Robert Colombo’s latest book. So it’s a big tome, over 450 pages in length, and the compilation is entirely devoted to Canadian humour and lore. The jokes are arranged by topic … Continue reading

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The Eighth Volume!

For the last seven years I have been issuing “poetry annuals.” (An “annual” is a collection of all the “poems and effects” that I wrote the previous year.) A Standing Wave is the title of the eighth volume in this … Continue reading

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Two New Books

I am often asked, “Who is your favourite author?” I try to avoid a direct answer to this question because like the sultan in his harem I have “many favourites.” Yet I especially favour one prolific writer. Way back in … Continue reading

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Introducing Paul Beekman Taylor’s new book on G.I.Gurdjieff

I am the contributor of the Foreword to this new work of scholarship, written by the Geneva-based historian and biographer Paul Beekman Taylor, published by Eureka Editions of Utrecht, The Netherlands. The text of the Foreword may also be read … Continue reading

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Three tributes

JRC was chosen by University College, University of Toronto, as one of 100 “Alumni of Influence” 2012. JRC was chosen by the Humanist Association of Toronto to be “Humanist of the Year” in 2008. JRC was chosen by the University … Continue reading

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Sax Rohmer Lives!

I am currently preparing for publication two books by Sax Rohmer, the creator of Dr. Fu Manchu. The first is a collection of the British author’s “Crime Magnet” mystery stories, never before assembled. The second is “Pipe Dreams,” a compilation … Continue reading

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Colombo on YouTube!

To my surprise, I discover that I have a substantial presence on YouTube. Do you want to see me being interviewed by film exhibitor Reg Hartt (in 3D, more or less)? Do you want to see and hear me reading … Continue reading

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New Publication!

Less of Light is the title of the latest volume of poetry composed by John Robert Colombo. It consists of all the poems and literary effects that the author and anthologist wrote between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011. … Continue reading

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Last book of 2011

Aphorisms are on my mind these days. I have released a new collection of them. A Quaint and Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore consists of 104 pages of aphoristic expressions, comments, and observations that go from Abkhazia and Achievement to … Continue reading

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Poetry Reading

The poetry readings that I give these days are few and far between. But when I do give a recital – as I did as part of the Wordstock Festival in Collingwood, Ont., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 – I focus … Continue reading

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Jeepers …

Jeepers Creepers … Yes, the title of my latest book is Jeepers Creepers … and it consists of about three dozen ghost stories … that is, told-as-true accounts of encounters with ghosts and spirits reported by Canadians from across the … Continue reading

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Fascinating…

Fascinating Canada is a book about offbeat Canadiana. It is not a quiz book, though it does consist of questions and answers – 357 short questions and 357 long answers. The subjects cover the waterfront (from Highway of Tears to … Continue reading

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Taking Jung to Task

“In her thoughtful epic work, Sophia Writ Large / Sophia Writ Small, Canadian poet Ruth Colombo takes Jung to task.” So writes Daryl Sharp in his newly published book Trampled to Death by Geese. His book combines memoir and commentary. … Continue reading

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Aphorisms Aplenty

Gnomology is an old word for an old activity: the study, the collection, or the writing of aphorisms and aphoristic expressions. James Geary, the English writer and authority on the subject of aphorisms, has dubbed me a “modern gnomologist.” Imponderables … Continue reading

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