Westward Whaa?

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There are questions on this November night. So many questions: What exactly is the weather right now in the Rocky Mountains? What do you pack when you’re going to meet W.P. Kinsella in Yale, BC? Does the van we’re taking to meet him have chains on its tires? Wait, I… Read more »

Save us from Awards Season

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It comes between summer and winter. It is a time of stiffening winds, dying hopes and chilling glimpses of our (books’) mortality. It is a bitter time, ameliorated only by the promise of fleeting shafts of warm sunlight that we know, from experience, will fall through the clouds onto a… Read more »

Journey to a beginning

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We journey for different reasons, but they come down to one of two things I think: To get away, or to find. Sometimes it’s both. Six or seven months ago, I decided I needed to move away from the life I had toward something new. I was struggling to start… Read more »

The Importance of Ceremony

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Life rushes by very quickly. One day you’re worrying about buying a present for your daughter’s 10th birthday, and the next you’re thinking about what to get for her start at university. You think about moving to a new house or apartment and suddenly realize your history includes owning three… Read more »

Can you feel the love?

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This is Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore. It has to be said, in the context of the current political realities, he is probably the best friend the Canadian arts community could ask for at the moment. A few days ago, in the wake of the government’s announced funding cuts to… Read more »

Nobody said this was going to be easy

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Nobody said this was going to be easy. And we knew that, right? Today it was announced that the Conservative Government of Canada cut funding to the Literary Press Group, thus severing one of the vital arms that get the books of independent Canadian publishers to retailers and readers. http://bit.ly/Lgdu2U… Read more »

What to write

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What to Write? It’s the most obvious question for a writer, and the answer should be equally obvious: You write what you have to write. But sometimes it’s not so easy. I’ve written three novels, and yet before every new project, when I often have many ideas floating around in… Read more »

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I asked the supermarket produce man, “When did this corn come in?” After a pause he said, “I think it came in today.” Should I believe him? Would you? Small lies are so commonplace.

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Seen (and captured!) by my friend author Ania Szado at the Strand Bookstore in New York.