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Events: Rower’s Pub and LitLive

February 18, 2015

I’ll be in Ontario at the start of March for two readings: LitLive in Hamilton and Rower’s Pub. I’m on the bill both times with my wife Elisabeth de Mariaffi, as well as a host of other great authors. Please come see!

LitLive
(with Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Diane Schoemperlen, Geoffrey Line, Taylor Wilson)
Sunday, March 1, 730 pm
Homegrown Hamilton (27 King William St., Hamilton)

Rower’s Pub
(with Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Waubgeshig Rice, and Kathleen Winter)
Monday, March 2, 630pm
The Central  (603 Markham St., Toronto)

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Publication: New Cover

February 4, 2015

I haven’t been keeping very good care of this site! Too many other projects on the go and not enough exciting news. A few readings and publications here and there, but I’ve mostly been concentrating on my wife Elisabeth de Mariaffi‘s new novel, The Devil You Know. Check that out. I’m always at her to update her site, so here I am taking my own advice.

Today, I received the cover art for my new book coming in the Fall, so I thought I would post! David Gee has done it again. This is the third cover he’s done for me and my third book with ECW. I love it. What amazes me is that for all three, Glimpse, Whiteout, and Diversion, he got it exactly right the first time.

If you want to read one of the poems from it, check out this page at Hazlitt.

Diversion_hiRes

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Events: Toronto International Book Fair (Inspire!)

November 14, 2014

I’m headed to Toronto tomorrow morning to do a couple days at the Book Fair, including two signings at the Breakwater Books booth (Saturday 1pm to 3pm, and Sunday 3pm to 4pm) as well as a reading from Wow Wow and Haw Haw at the TD Children’s Stage on Sunday at 11am.

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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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