Writing in the Works 2 — April 2

It’s hard to believe it’s actually spring, almost April, but it is. And that means that Writing in the Works 2 is this Thursday, April 2nd, 7 PM at Memorial Park Library, 1221 – 2 St. SW. This free event features readings from me, Elaine Morin, Naomi K. Lewis, Inge Trueman and Susan Calder Arnold, and emceeing by our own Rona Altrows. Plus refreshments! And book sales!

I ask you, what better way to spend a Thursday evening?

Globe and Mail review

Just returned from a relaxing five days on Vancouver Island to discover that Jim Bartley reviewed Love Minus Zero in today’s Globe and Mail, here:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090327.wbkbartley28/BNStory/globebooks/home

Wow! Cool!

Herald interiew

Eric Volmers’ interview with me ran in today’s Calgary Herald. Wow, big honkin’ article with photos and I made the banner on the front page! Here ’tis:

http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/booksandthearts/story.html?id=5e4ba565-83db-48e7-8499-9c043987ffd1

What happened to February?

The pace has been a little frantic lately. Coming to the end of edits on Nothing Sacred, hope to be all done with that by the end of next week as we leave on the 22nd for a week in Bowser. Have started to get into things like back jacket copy — thanks, Taylor! — blurbs, etc. Also preparing my piece and working out some housekeeping details for the Writing in the Works event at Memorial Park Library on the evening of April 2.

Had an interview with Eric Volmers of The Calgary Herald on Tuesday; the piece is slated to run in Sundays Books section. I was very impressed at the amount of homework he’d done before we talked; he’d not only read the book, he’d also researched the Calgary punk scene and Oberon, and wanted to talk about Nothing Sacred (I keep typing ‘scared’) and my second novel which awaits a rewrite. Very nice experience, look forward to seeing the piece. Will post the link when I get it.

It’s a small, sick world

Went to an all-day professional development workshop put on by The Writers’ Union of Canada yesterday, with presentations by Genni Gunn, Wayne Grady and Deborah Windsor. It was nice to have a break from edits and meet some new people, get some new insights, talk about the process and so on. Very interesting indeed. It’s always surprising to me what a small world the publishing world really is.

I am at this moment supposed to be at City Hall with Dan’s Grade Four class, but Dan is ill today. He was very disappointed to have to stay home. But when he threw up in his breakfast, I had to put my foot down. What can you do?

Starting to rehearse my reading for the Writing in the Works 2 event at Memorial Park Library on April 2. By that time, I will have handed in my manuscript — to someone, still not sure at this point if it will be my editor or the publisher. It seems far away at this point, but soon enough.