I'm writer in residence at the Woodbridge Farm on Lake Erie at the moment, gawping at the beautiful surroundings and working on my next novel. My host, Grant Munroe, asked me to write an essay for the Woodbridge Farm series, which he and his team have produced as a handmade chapbook. I talk about photography, the city dump, childhood, and the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK, and--no thanks to me--it's a gorgeously made thing. You can order it here.
A great, packed festival on BC's Galiano Island, where I read with thriller writer extraordinaire Sheena Kamal, and interviewed the great Anna Porter. Also got to hear readings and talk from writers like recent GG-award winners Darrel McLeod and Kathy Page, Buffy Sainte-Marie biographer Andrea Warner, and short-story queen Erin Frances Fisher (check out my interview with her). And Meg Tilly, wonderful writer and actual movie star! Some pics courtesy of official photographer Kris Krug. Please note that they MADE OUR BOOKS OUT OF FONDANT AND MARSHMALLOW.
Canadian writers age 14-17, there are four days left to enter the Amazon Youth Short Story Contest, of which I'm a judge this year. You could win $5000! Send us your stuff. All the details are here.
I'll be at the Galiano Island Literary Festival next month. They have sea lions! And a great lineup. There's a new interview with me at their site, in which I discuss my junior self and the difficulty of naming characters, etc.
I'll be doing a reading with Sheena Kamal, whose novel I can't wait to read. I'll also be interviewing the fantastically interesting Anna Porter onstage. Tickets are on sale now.
Galiano Island from above. Photo credit: Wikipedia
I'm so delighted that Esi Edugyan chose MY NAME IS A KNIFE as a top read of the year. If you haven't picked up her stunning WASHINGTON BLACK yet, do. Thanks to her and the Writers' Trust.
Some photos from Ottawa International Writers Festival, where I was part of a panel on Living History with the wonderful writer Natalie Morrill (there we are smiling afterwards). We missed Wayne Grady, who had to bow out sick, but we had a good time with our host Peter Robb and our lively audience. Please note the button I was given by Perfect Books. It too is perfect.
A few more pictures from my reading in Montreal with Maxime Raymond Bock and Alice Petersen, hosted by Sean Michaels at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. More wonderful fellow writers, more listening. Goodnight.
Vancouver's Granville Island seduced us all with surprise October sun for the Writers Fest last week. I had the honour of sharing a panel discussion, Scars of History, with Esi Edugyan and Rawi Hage--both their new novels are outstanding. I was also among the readers at the Afternoon Tea event, where even the writers got scones and fancy sandwiches (that's Emma Hooper looking thrilled). Having heard them read, I recommend all the new stuff from Emma, Melanie Raabe (there she is onstage), Rabindranath Maharaj (next to Emma at the table), and Sofka Zinovieff. There was some sherry, hence the blurry selfie of Emma and me. I then fangirled all over Vivek Shraya and Buffy Sainte-Marie, so my work is done.
Some photos from last week in Toronto. Happy to have been part of the In Her Voice reading series at the gorgeous Ben McNally Books, hosted by Nick Mount with his usual smarts (and with cake!). My book and I also got to be on TV, thanks to The Morning Show on Global National. Photo credits to indefatigable publicist Kaitlin Smith.
I'm proud to have been at the 10th anniversary festival in Kingston this weekend. I had fun teaching a fiction masterclass to a lively group, which included a very cheerful baby with his ma. Reading with live jazz backup by the Trio Without Words at the Saturday Night Speakeasy was probably peak coolness for my life. Excellent hosting by CBC's Bill Richardson (and nice boutonniere!), with outstanding readings by fellow authors Waub Rice (that's him with the band during sound check), Shelley Tanaka, Alyssa Cooper, Bruce Kauffman, and Elizabeth Greene. Now to read all their new books.
Photo credits from the Speakeasy: KWF official photographer Bernard Clark.
Such a good time last night reading in the vintage section at Victoria's glorious Russell Books. Lee Henderson read his tragicomic parable of a pine beetle, Chris Humphreys gave us a section from his dashing new 1930s-set Chasing the Wind, and Michael Christie treated us to a preview from his forthcoming family saga, Greenwood (out in August--it's going to be brilliant). We had a friendly full house and and lots of discussion afterwards. Thanks to Russell Books for hosting in their beautiful space.
I'm the author of My Name is a Knife, All True Not a Lie In It, and The Old Familiar.