Boobs is Launched!

I am happy to announce that Boobs is now out in the world!

Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts was launched this past Friday at Heartwood Community Cafe, and the evening made me both laugh and cry with its wonderfulness. (Literally – I teared up more than once.) The readings spanned familiar topics including bra shopping and friend envy, introduced us to stories of illness and perseverance, and took a brave and bawdy look at all things breast. It was tops.

Pics are below, photo credit to the collection’s fabulous editor Ruth Daniell.

If you would like to procure a copy of your very own Boobs, it can be purchased here, or ask your local indie!





BoobsExciting news, friends: I get to spend this entire post talking about boobs!

And not just the body parts – I get to recommend to you the collection “Boobs: Women explore what it means to have breasts,” forthcoming this spring from Caitlin Press.

Made up of stories and poetry, and edited by my lovely fellow UBC-grad Ruth Daniell, “Boobs” promises to be a delight and a challenge, a book about breasts like there’s never been before. My non-fiction piece “The Exhibitionist” is included in its pages, and I’m beyond pleased to be amongst such a fine company of writers (seriously, check out the line-up here). I’m not always comfortable talking about bodies, so this is an exercise in doing things that feel scary. And wherever you fall on the breast-appreciation spectrum, there is likely to be a story in this anthology that speaks to you.

There will be a book launch coming soon, and I’ll be sure to post details. Until then, pre-order your copy, and may your cups runneth over! (Yay? Nay? Boob jokes, yes?)


Book Launch: The Mystics of Mile End

I love promoting my brilliant friends, and let me tell you, Sigal Samuel is amongst the brilliantist! You don’t know Sigal, you say?

Well then lucky you, because tonight, in Vancouver, the amazing Ms. Samuel is launching her debut novel The Mystics of Mile End! I was lucky enough to see early drafts of this book, and can tell you that it is beautiful, smart, and contains just the right amount of magic. Sigal is a force. Come to the launch, buy her book, get her to sign it, and bask in the wonder that is this up-and-coming Montreal-via-New-York novelist. (It should also be noted that the rest of the roster for the evening is pretty darn stacked! Amazing writers galore!) Details below.




I would like to take a moment away from talking about me (gasp!) to recommend to you a book very near and dear to my heart.

My good friend and MFA classmate andrea bennett has published her first collection of poetry with Nightwood Editions, and if the cover alone doesn’t convince you it must be yours, it happens to contains suburban Ontario, family drama and wry, wry humour. andrea is an unflinching, warm, brilliant poet, and, I believe, deserves lots and lots of attention. (Side note: she hates attention. Don’t tell her I told you that.)

You can purchase a copy here, and have the satisfaction of saying you knew her when!



A Book Review

The lovely people at PRISM International have posted my very first book review. I had the opportunity to read and ruminate over The Enpipe Line, a worldwide protest project.

The book is an important one, facing off against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.

Containing over a hundred pieces from an international assembly of writers, The Enpipe Line is a riot in a book, an ultimatum from riled neighbours who are fed up with having Enbridge’s pipelines buried in their backyard.

Read the rest of the review here. Check out The Enpipe Line here.