Eden Robinson's new novel is out, and I'm proud to have given a jacket quote (thanks to Wordfest for the image). It's a great book
"Eden Robinson is more than funny, more than intelligent, more than a novelist—she’s an enchanter. Son of a Trickster creates a terrifically believable teenage character who lives both on the rez and in a witchy soup of blood, sex and magic. Harry Potter goes to reform school. Full of sparks, full of pain, full of joy.”
I was at Rideau Hall in Ottawa last night to watch the 80th installment of the Governor-General's Literary Awards. Very nice place for a party (I especially liked the circus tent-painted reception room and the greenhouse). It was great to watch the winners in all the categories receive their awards, and to revive my slightly rusted French. Especially good to see Madeleine Thien, the Fiction (English) category winner for her beautiful novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing. And after having thoroughly sampled the dessert buffet, my tablemates and I declare the maple syrup dumplings with apple compote the champ.
A lot of us are listening to Leonard Cohen albums today, and some of us wrote about his impact for The Globe and Mail. As I say in my piece, it's always been the words for me. They're still circling.
Here's the New York Times review of All True, out this weekend. So happy to be included on this list of debut novels, and to have the book called "surprisingly tranquil and original."
I'm so happy to announce that my next book will be out with Knopf (we're hoping for spring 2018), and I'll be working again with the great editor Anne Collins. Dan turns up at Boonesborough after running from Chillicothe, and further chaos ensues. Rebecca will have a lot to say for herself this time too. Title is coming.
One Book Kelowna finished last night with an illuminating talk from Dr. Margo Tamez of UBCO Indigenous Studies. Margo's perspective on the period, geography, language, and people of All True was sharp and insightful. We were lucky to have her there. I then read a little from the new book draft (more news on that soon). Seems readers are ready for Rebecca to get mad.
Thanks to UBCO Library, Okanagan College Library, and Okanagan Regional Library for their warm sponsorship and support of these events this month. It's been so great.
Great weekend in the mountain town of Fernie, BC, where I'd never been in spite of my upbringing not so far off. The rain rained hard, but at least 60 people still turned out at the beautiful Heritage Library for the Booked! reading series and an evening of live music, wine, and book talk (this library has its own bar. Believe it). Host Angie Abdou and I have a lot in common--first books were both short-story collections with Thistledown Press, for one--but I spilled more drinks than she did. Thanks to my hosts and sponsors, including the Park Place Lodge with its great glass elevator! It was good to talk about All True with people who know trails and trapping much better than I do.
Fellow author Angie Abdou and me at the other bar before the reading.
UBCO's One Book Kelowna is underway. We opened last night at the Okanagan Regional Library on Ellis, with the inimitable Michael V. Smith hosting, and Neela, a ten-year-old fiddler, providing period atmosphere. I talked a bit about how I wrote All True and read a short (non-vegetarian) section, and the audience didn't let me off with easy questions. More events are coming up this month--next is October 12th at the UBCO campus for informal book-club discussion with readers. Everyone is welcome. There will be snacks. And I may wear my fancy shoes again, because they're invisible in this photo . . ..
Here's a short piece on a library I have loved, included in Zocalo Public Square's description of how libraries are still the future.
I'm the author of All True Not a Lie In It (Knopf Canada 2015, Ecco USA 2016) and The Old Familiar (Thistledown 2008).