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.
It's Giller Time
The Giller Prize shortlist is out, and it's great to see writers like Madeleine Thien on the list. I reviewed listee Emma Donoghue's The Wonder for this weekend's Globe and Mail--here it is.
I, Book Thief
UBC Okanagan's OneBook is coming up in October, as is UBC Vancouver's Alumni Book Club (join us for either! Both! In person or online!), so I'm reposting the image that inspired All True once upon a time. Sorry, library, but I still have the copy I asked you to dredge up from the archives when I had the idea to write this novel. I'm not sure I can bear to return it yet. The cover takes me straight back to 1985, when I was ten years old and staring at National Geographic at school. Titanic and Daniel Boone--what more could a headgear-bedecked infant romantic want? Someone already did Titanic (ahem), but Boone was still available. I couldn't believe it. When the librarian delivered the magazine from the stacks, I hardly had to open it. The image of Daniel carrying his son's body was still framed in my mind, the first spark for All True Not a Lie In It. Seeing him again in this striking illustration by Jack Unruh, I knew I wanted to write his story.
Illustration by Jack Unruh, 1985. Thanks to the artist's estate for permission to reproduce here.
Here's my review of David Bergen's new novel, Stranger, for The Globe and Mail. It got me thinking about the oldest story patterns: transformation, the quest, the need for an heir, monsters in various forms, etc. Dan is tied up in all of this too, which might be why his life story has resonated for so long. More of all of it in the sequel, which is coming.
I'm the author of My Name is a Knife, All True Not a Lie In It, and The Old Familiar.