Author Archives: Trevor Cole

On the Lists!

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We got two flashes of unexpected good news this week. The first was that The Whisky King has been shortlisted for The 2017 Speakers Book Award. This award is given by Ontario’s Legislative Assembly to recognize “works by Ontario authors reflecting the diverse culture and rich history of the province and of… Read more »

Fun times at the Writers’ Trust Gala

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The Writers’ Trust organization has been good to me over the years — that 2010 Fiction prize nomination for Practical Jean topping the list of goodies. So when they invite me to their annual shindig, I’m always happy to go. And when I get to sit with a bunch of folks as… Read more »

The Whisky King in the World

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Well, here’s the story so far… Since the book’s launch in April, the media reception has been pretty wonderful for The Whisky King. Thanks to the hard work of publicist Mike Millar who set up the radio and TV interviews, the book and yours truly have been featured on TVO’s The… Read more »

#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 »