Author Archives: Trevor Cole

#4 on the Maclean’s Bestseller List!

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It’s very early days for The Whisky King out in the world, and this is lovely news. The April 18, 2017, Maclean’s Non-Fiction Bestseller list featured its debut at #4!  

The Whisky King: Not Just a Hamilton Story

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There’s no doubt that, because Rocco and Bessie Perri settled in Hamilton in 1915 and used it as a base for their bootlegging operation for decades, a lot of important events in The Whisky King take place there. But the book has a much bigger scope than that. Here’s just a… Read more »

The Whisky King

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I knew it would be hard work, and ultimately it was more work than I imagined. But now that the books have arrived and the launch is close, I can say for sure that I’ve never had more fun as a writer. Digging through archives, reading detective’s reports from the… Read more »

30 Seconds of Hope

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Book trailers are fun to do and some are enjoyable to watch. I think the chief attribute of a good book trailer is brevity. So here is a very short one for Hope Makes Love:  Thanks to Alessandra Ferreri for her initial idea, and to Valerie Cole for her terrific narration.  … Read more »

The Launch is Coming

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This is a pretty exciting time in any author’s life. Particularly so for me, because it’s been five years since the last time I published a book. I’m a bit out of practice. But come Sept. 5 it happens. And then it’s out of my hands, and the world will… Read more »

A Field Guide to the Narcissist

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In September, 2014, I was interviewed by the lovely and empathetic Mary Hynes for CBC Radio’s Tapestry. The subject was my father, and what it was like to live with him, and be raised by him. It was rather different for me, to address this subject factually. Of course, I’d… Read more »

An eloquent defense of Government funding for the arts

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Actor Dave Lamb wrote this for Australians, in response to a Sydney Morning Herald article moaning about tax money being spent on “lazy” artists. We in Canada have heard those ridiculous arguments, usually spread by Conservatives bucking for the arts, and the careers of artists themselves, to live and die by… Read more »

Practical Jean makes the List!

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Just got word that Practical Jean made the list of “100 Canadian Books To Read in a Lifetime” as determined by the great Canlit website 49thShelf.com. You can see the list here. Practical Jean comes in at number 32, which hereby becomes my favorite number. This happened on the same… Read more »

That Day in Yale

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(This is the third of three posts on what we’ve dubbed the Leacock Road Trip — five men, four of them winners of the Leacock medal for humour (the other the curator of the Leacock Museum), transporting a portion of the ashes of a fifth winner to be distributed on… Read more »

Getting there

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The flight out of Toronto got off with a couple of hiccups. A security officer wanted to check my bag for something suspicious and when I opened it as she requested she rummaged around and then tapped a solid wooden box. Something in there was bothering her. I opened it… Read more »