Drop by and see me at the following events…
Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:30-8pm, The Old Apothecary. The official launch for Nimbus’s series of audiobooks. I was delighted to be asked to narrate Lesley Crewe’s very funny and affecting novel Mary, Mary, and even more delighted to be asked to take part in the launch of Nimbus’s first-ever audio books. Come hear what we’ve been up to!
Stuff I already did…
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, The Carleton, 6:30pm. The official launch for Fallsy Downsies! I can’t wait to share my new book with you. There will be delicious snacks, I have a snazzy new dress, there’ll be some kind of music, and you should definitely come. No charge at the door, books will be for sale, I will be glad to see your face.
Friday November 1-Sunday November 3, 2013, Tatamagouche Centre. I’m teaching a workshop on writing a novel in thirty days, just in time for NaNoWriMo! The weekend workshop costs $395, and with that you get put up for the weekend, meals, and the benefit of the wisdom I’ve earned writing two novels under ridiculously tight timelines. Whee! Come to this workshop, I promise it will be fun/informative/fun.
Wednesday November 13, 2013, Truro Library, 7:30pm. I’m launching Fallsy Downsies in Truro! Come to the library, where I will read from my book and answer whatever burning questions you have. Please come. I only know one person in Truro, and she’s the librarian who booked me for this event. I am happy to read to just her, but won’t it be more fun if you’re there too?
Tuesday November 19, 2013, Keshen Goodman Library, 7pm. I love the Keshen Goodman Library. It’s a beautiful space to spend time in, in the most diverse part of Halifax. It’s a pleasure to be invited there to read, and I hope you’ll come see the beautiful space and hear a few pages from Fallsy Downsies.
Thursday November 21, 2013, King’s Co-op Bookstore, 7pm. The best-kept bookstore secret in Halifax! Criminally undiscovered gem! I am ready to stop keeping the secret, and start telling you that you should come to this small but mighty bookstore at the University of King’s College and hear me read from Fallsy Downsies. You do not have to be a student to shop at this lovely, snug, well-appointed shop. You can be a drop-out, like me, and they’ll still serve you with a smile.
Friday November 29 – Wednesday December 4, 2013, Southern Ontario Tour! Stay tuned for details! I am booking readings in and around Toronto, hoping to appear there, in Guelph, perhaps KIngston, maybe even Ottawa. If you are in one of these places and can help organize something, please let me know!
Thursday, October 29, The Company House, 7pm. Porkpie IV, featuring Susan Mersereau, matt robinson, Eva Madden-Hagen, Ryan Turner and myself. Hosted by Tara Thorne. This seems to be quickly turning into the best place in town to see writers read new(ish) work. It’s five bucks at the door, and Thursdays are Cheap But Good Wine Night at the CoHo.
Tuesday, November 3, The Company House Anna Quon launches Migration Songs. So excited. I’ve been asked to say a bit about it, and to read, which I will happily do. Probably from Homing.
Thursday, June 4, The Company House, 7pm. Reading, along with Sue Goyette, Charles Crosby, Jackie Torrens and Jessica Marsh at the second edition of Porkpie, a new reading series curated by Tara Thorne and myself. Starts at 7pm sharp, $5 admission, should be piles of fun. I’ll be reading from Fallsy Downsies.
Thursday, June 11, The Marriot, Halifax, 11:45am. Reading and speaking at the APLA 2009. I’ll be reading from Homing, and giving a talk called Taking Inspiration from Where We Are: Working, Living, Writing. In November, I’ll be doing the provincial library association’s meeting in Yarmouth. These two events please me, as the library plays such a huge role in Homing and in my life in general. Very pleased to be asked to speak to librarians.
Saturday, June 27, Frog Hollow Books noon. Signing books and hanging out at Frog Hollow’s new home on Brenton Street. Drop by to say hi and check out their new space. Plus… Kev Corbett will be outside singing and playing!
Thursday, July 2. The Carleton, 10pm. Steven Bowers and the Acoustic Theft are playing their weekly gig at the Carleton… and I just might be their special guest, reading and singing. Drop by, you never know what might happen.
Saturday, August 15, Sunday, August 16, Shelburne Writers’ Festival I’ll be hosting many of the events, plus reading from Fallsy Downsies. This is the second year for the festival. Last year was great. I’m predicting this year will be even greater.
Thursday, August 20, The Company House, 7pm. Drop by for Porkpie, the third edition. The Company House has proven itself a great venue for writers reading new work. Thursday is cheap wine night, the seats are comfy, the crowd is appreciative, and the writers are always top drawer.
Saturday, October 24, Nova Scotia Library Association/Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia annual conference, Yarmouth. The theme of the conference is “The Juggling Act: Finding the
Balance.” I do a fair amount of juggling in my life as writer/broadcaster/editor/etc, so I don’t anticipate having any trouble talking for seventy-five minutes about the challenges and rewards.
Tuesday, October 27, Mount Saint Vincent University, Bedford. Celebrating Writers at the Mount. The university is having a little festival, and they’ve asked me to give a talk and read a little from Fallsy Downsies… and I’ll probably read from Homing, too, because I am funny that way. It starts at 7pm, and is open to the public as far as I know.
Last night, I went to talk to a great group of readers in Dartmouth. I don’t know what they call themselves. In the Globe and Mail, they were called Halifax Book Club, when ringleader Skana Gee emailed the paper’s new book club section to say her group was reading Homing.
Anyhow, they were great. They had high quality snacks, and even higher quality questions and remarks. It’s always a treat to meet a bunch of readers. I never fail to be amazed at how much they find in my book to like. It is humbling and strange and awesome.
It was equally strange, though, to be unable to answer some of their questions about specific moments in the books, or specific sentences or even characters’ names. It’s been so long now since Homing and I parted ways, that I am starting to lose the details, I think. I am so on to the next one that Homing is receding in the rear view mirror. Though talking about it again with a group for whom the story is so fresh was really, really great.
If I were to make a frequently asked questions section, for sure at the top of the list (SPOILER ALERT) would be “Why did the bird have to die?”
Hey, if your book club is reading Homing and would like to have me round to drink a glass of wine and try to answer your questions, or just generally, jovially, tell you about the long strange process of writing the book…get in touch! I’d be happy to drop by.