Nick at Oberon gave me a heads up last night that Purolator would be bringing my book today. I spent an anxious morning thinking things such as, do they have my new address? What if I miss them? What if it gets lost?But it’s here. It’s so…I don’t know what. Cool. Weird. Unreal. More later.

Independents Day — November 15th, 2008

According to the Canadian Bookseller’s Association, Saturday, November 15th, 2008 is “Independents Day” — a celebration of independent bookstores, kicking off a year-long campaign called “Independents Matter”. Owl’s Nest Books has invited me to participate in their celebration, which will feature local authors in the store all day. It sounds like a nice, low-key kind […]

Increase Your Font Size

Lunched with my pal Rona yesterday and she convinced me to check out the poster for my event on the notice board at Calhoun Library. Wow, there it was, among the posters for M.G. Vassanji and Andrew Nikiforuk. And just like Rona said, my poster had a huge font on it. Whoa, must have been […]

Good to a Fault Very Good; Waiting…

I am totally blown away by Marina Endicott’s Good to a Fault. It’s one of those rare books you don’t want to put down, one that I find myself reading till way past bedtime. Compelling, believable and written in spare, elegant prose. Wow. Many times I’m not that impressed by big award nominations. I’ve read […]

Frankie Venom; Good to a Fault; Rehearsals

I was stunned to read of the death of Frankie Venom, lead singer of Teenage Head, at age 51 from throat cancer. I still have hearing damage from seeing them at the Stampeder Inn here in the town of cows in the early ’80s. They were probably the highest energy act I ever saw (well, […]

Oh, my blog

Had coffee yesterday with a writer I met at the CAA conference in the summer. One of the many things we talked about was blogs. The thing about having a blog to do with your writing, we concluded, is that there generally aren’t that many exciting events going on, or ones that warrant blogging about, […]