Canada Reads 2011 Launch

Whew…what a crazy couple of days it’s been. I’m still not quite caught up on sleep yet, but I thought I’d post a little behind the scenes slide show of the Canada Reads 2011 launch in Toronto. I’m still pinching myself over the fact that The Birth House was chosen by Debbie Travis for the CBC’s 10th anniversary “battle of the books!” Thanks so much to everyone who nominated and voted for my book. Wow, wow, and wow. I am grateful. Congratulations to all the authors and best wishes to the panelists! Canada Reads 2011 Launch on PhotoPeach photos 9,

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"another day in the life of the arts"

The news came at 7:15 am – Gaspereau Press co-owner Andrew Steeves announced to Don Connolly on CBC Nova Scotia’s Information Morning that a deal has been made to get more copies of the Sentimentalists on bookstore shelves. (You can read their official press release here.) According to Steeves, plans for an alliance with BC publisher Douglas & McIntyre and Friesens in Manitoba began Wednesday morning, “as soon as I walked into the office.” The partnership will begin with Douglas & McIntyre printing 30,000 copies of the Giller Prize winner to help meet initial demand. This will take place alongside

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books are the nearest to us

This keepsake was begun by Will Rueter at The Aliquando Press, Dundas Ontario, and completed at the Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose, Kentville, Nova Scotia on 21 October 2006. The wood engraving was inspired by a watercolour by David Milne. The typefaces are ATF Baskerville Roman and Antique Tuscan, printed on sunome tairei cream paper.  I first met Johanna Skibsrud at the 2008 Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose in Kentville, NS. On the Friday evening, we read together – I read from my play, Jerome: The Historical Spectacle, and Johanna read from her poetry collection, Late Nights With Wild Cowboys. From her first line,

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a multitude of thank-yous

This letter was originally sent to the Occasional Knitters Society facebook group, Friday November 5, 2010. the Birth House at night. Hello from my little house by the Bay! On this rainy, blustery November day, I thought I’d send you a long overdue note. Settled in the nook off my kitchen (once the birthing room in this old house) I’ve got a cup of hot tea, and my trusty, but sook of a yellow Lab, Ponyo by my side. Life is good. I’m writing for a couple of reasons, but more than anything I wanted to take a minute to

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