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Interview: The Next Chapter

October 20, 2014

Here’s me talking to Shelagh Rogers about my position as Poet Laureate of St. John’s. The interview was recorded in late summer at the Writers at Woody Point festival in Western Newfoundland. Shelagh’s long been a supporter of my work, and I respect her immensely. Listen at this link (I am the last five minutes or so of the show.)

 

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News: Writers Trust Fiction Jury

October 6, 2014

I sat as a juror for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize this year, reading 127 books from 52 publishers over about 8 months. It wasn’t easy, but it was fascinating. The shortlist is here and copied below. I really wish there could have been a longlist, because there are easily three or four more books that could have made this list. But you can’t choose them all. My fellow jurors, Neil Bissoondath and Helen Humphreys were absolutely brilliant readers and we were very much all on the “same page” throughout the process. Congratulations to the shortlisted writers. The winner will be announced November 4.

2014 Finalists

 

Alexis-
André Alexis
(Toronto)
Pastoral
Published by Coach House Books

Galloway-
Steven Galloway
(New Westminster, BC)
The Confabulist
Published by Knopf Canada

Miller-
K.D. Miller
(Toronto)
All Saints
Published by Biblioasis

Snyder-
Carrie Snyder
(Waterloo, ON)
Girl Runner
Published by House of Anansi

Toews-
Miriam Toews
(Toronto)
All My Puny Sorrows
Published by Knopf Canada

 

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Reading: Halifax Word on the Street

September 19, 2014

I’ll be reading from Wow Wow and Haw Haw this Sunday at Word On The Street Halifax. Apparently on a tugboat. 2pm! Bring your little ones. If the tugboat is sold out, come see me at the Breakwater Books booth at 1pm instead where I’ll be signing copies of the book.

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Upcoming Appearances for September

September 3, 2014

I’ve got a few upcoming appearances in support of my kids book Wow Wow and Haw Haw. Three in September and one late in November. See below. Bring the kids. I get them to help me do sound effects while I read! I’m also running a few events for adults, including an advanced poetry workshop in Vancouver.

Eden Mills Writers Festival (2 appearances)
Sunday, September 14, 1:50 “Jenny’s Place Backyard” (for kids)
and
Sunday, September 14, 2:30  “Poetry at the Mill” with Katherena Vermette and Anne Michaels (for adults)

Halifax Word on the Street
Sunday, September 21, 2:00
I’m reading on a tugboat… NAMED THEODORE!

Word Vancouver (2 appearances)
Sunday, September 28, 12pm Children’s Library, Harvey Southam Room (for kids)
and
Saturday, September 27, 3pm Poetry Workshop “Walking the Line: How Great Lines Make Great Poems” (for adults)
Vancouver Public Library (see link)

In November I’ll be appearing at the Toronto International Book Fair, branded this year as INSPIRE!, to talk about kids lit and read from the book. Details on that forthcoming.

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Review: The National Post

June 3, 2014

The National Post Books Editor Mark Medley reviews Wow Wow and Haw Haw as part of his video podcast series “The Small Picture”. Very nice for Wow Wow!

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Event: Kids Launch for Wow Wow!

April 26, 2014

A gathering of story-minded kids and parents on Saturday, May 3, at 10am at Chapters on Kenmount Road in St. John’s. Come one, come all. The author and illustrator will be on hand, as will cake and Wow Wow-based crafts. Come see us!

What: Kids Launch for Wow Wow and Haw Haw
When: Saturday, May 3, 10am
Where: Chapters, Kenmount Road, St. John’s

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Event: Wow Wow and Haw Haw Launch

April 14, 2014

The adult book party for Wow Wow and Haw Haw will be held on May 2nd at Leyton Gallery in St. John’s. The next day there will be an event for children at the Chapters on Kenmount Road. More to come on that later. For now, check out the wine and cheese and books and paintings at the Leyton Gallery:

Wow Wow and Haw Haw Launch
May 2, 7pm
Leyton Gallery, 6 Clifts-Baird Cove Road, St. John’s
Original artwork from the book on display

Facebook event page is here

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