Showing posts from October, 2023

Marathon Nov. 1 and Sudbury (and Online!) Nov. 2-4

Exciting events in early November! November 1 from 2 to 3 PM, I'm in conversation with David Giuliano at the Marathon Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Come and ask questions about truth and fiction, perseverance, northern Ontario stories--anything you like! David is the author of THE UNDERTAKING OF BILLY BUFFONE, released in 2021 by Latitude 46 Publishing. You can find out more about him here: . The 10th Wordstock Literary Festival runs from November 2 through 4, in Sudbury--and online! Find a link to the schedule-at-a-glance here . The event begins Thursday at 5:30 PM, with a poetry primer, followed by the festival kickoff event at 7. Events Friday begin at 6 PM and run all day on Saturday. Master Classes on humour and adapting material from one form to another kick off Saturday morning at 9, followed by festival panels and readings and culminating in the evening's gala celebration. I'm on a panel entitled "Good Grief" wi

What I'm Taking Through December

Over the last year or so I've been posting thoughts about what I learned or experienced in a particular month and what I'll try to carry forward from that experience. Subject to external pressures, of course. People visiting. Deadlines. Being immersed in living instead of reflecting on it. My novel has debuted, and I have a few events coming up. I'm editing a novel, revising another one, and writing on a new project that's stretching me in exciting ways.  So the two things I'm holding throughout the rest of the year: gratitude and space. My book filling a table at our local independent bookstore. Me, back home after the launch, exhausted and happy, with flowers from my family. As if filling a table in the bookstore weren't enough, this is my book IN THE WINDOW with the new release by Jean E. Pendziwol     The birch on a recent golden morning. It has fewer leaves now. Some days, the sky and the clouds  are beyond words. Yet I still try. Gratitude because I had th

Launch Gratitude

MAKING UP THE GODS launched on Sunday! Here's just a little of the gratitude I expressed that day at Thunder Bay's independent bookstore, Entershine Bookshop. I feel more grateful every day for the support and the opportunity to share this story with readers.  Thank you so much for being here with me today.   The view from the audience at Entershine Bookshop To start, I acknowledge as a grateful guest that I live and write on lands of Anishinaabe and Metis peoples, in Robinson-Superior treaty territory, and I am reckoning with my family’s settler roots.   Making Up the Gods is the first novel I’ve finished, but it’s not the first one I started. I worked on three other novels, even starting a new one after I’d tried imagining my way through this book. Making Up the Gods itself has felt like several novels along the way. BUT this, at last, is the story that kept bringing me back to the page for a dozen years, through many versions. In fact, the work continued until the en

Launching October 15

Hello, everyone! My novel, MAKING UP THE GODS, is launching at Entershine Bookshop (196 Algoma Street S, Thunder Bay, Ontario) on Sunday, October 15, from 1 to 3. A recent glorious morning, with the birch tree's golden leaves lit by the rising sun Here's what you can expect:  Doors open at 12:30 There will likely be cookies and coffee You could also buy a copy of the book The event proper will get underway about 1 Someone will introduce me I'll thank everybody I ever met and some I haven't (kidding but also not) I'll read from my new novel (exciting!!) I'll answer questions (ask me about the cover!) I'll be available to sign books until 3 but you don't have to stay that long At some point I'll draw a name to receive the gift basket of Entershine goodies (items appropriate to this novel and also in general to stories from the north!) We all go to our homes, individually, and read.  I am so incredibly grateful for the official support I've received