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Tuesday thoughts

A slip of paper I stuck in a book three weeks ago as a bookmark (in Elizabeth McCracken’s excellent short story collection: “Thunderstruck”) brought me to tears this morning when I rediscovered it. The simple phrase – “Work together as a society” was the result of an artistic exercize that I gave my Teen Writing Academy students this past summer at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. During the two week intensive, I challenged the five writers in the Academy to write down 50 things they fear. They, in turn invited their peers to add their fears to the

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Daughter of Family G Reading Guide

Dear Readers, I’m incredibly grateful for the support I’ve had from book clubs and reading groups over the years. Knowing that you’ve taken the time to gather together in living rooms, libraries, community halls, classrooms and cafes to discuss my work has meant the world to me! I humbly offer this reading guide for my most recent book, Daughter of Family G with many thanks and the hope that you might consider adding it to your reading list. — Ami Daughter of Family G — A Readers’ Guide The questions, discussion topics, and additional resources that follow are intended to

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Word by word

How’s your summer been? Mine’s been busy in the best possible sense. When I wasn’t in the garden with the bees, or preparing for my youngest to head off to university, or teaching at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, I was recording the audiobook version of Daughter of Family G. I knew from the start that it was going to be an interesting journey, especially when we had to enlist the help of two cast iron ravens to steady the stand for the i-Pod I’d be using to read the manuscript. (The fuzzy blue blanket we’d draped over

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Why this book, now?

Hello Summer—season of wild exquisite light and ideas that require open-hearted courage. The publication date for Daughter of Family G is still three months off, but there’s plenty happening behind the scenes in preparation for the September 24th launch. As the final touches are being added to the cover, I’ve been prepping to record the audio book, and my fabulous publicist at Penguin Random House Canada has been putting together an amazing fall tour. I’ve already posted the details for a few of the events and there will be more added in the weeks to come. So far cities include:

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First Impressions

It’s blurb season for this coming autumn’s books and I’ve been fortunate to have five stellar authors offer their thoughts on Daughter of Family G. I thought I’d share them here along with some of their recent work. (Props to author-friend Terry Fallis who is the first writer I’ve seen feature their blurbers and their books on a website. I loved the idea so much, I decided to follow suit. Thanks, Terry! ) Pauline Dakin is an author, journalist, and journalism professor who teaches at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Her first non-fiction book Run, Hide, Repeat: A

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Someone always knew you would

So, the news is out—the process to adapt The Birth House into a television series has begun! (If you missed the official press release, there’s a link to it at the end of this post.) Because so many of you have been along with me on the novel’s journey from the start, (can you believe it’s been 13 years?) I thought I’d share a few behind-the-scenes glimpses into this new chapter in the book’s life. A few weeks ago, two members of the AMAZING team behind this project—Kerri MacDonald (Frontier, Little Dog, Republic of Doyle) and Elizabeth Schofield, (Director of

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