I sat down a while back and had a conversation with good friend and poet andrea bennett on the wonderful world of submissions. We chatted about acceptance and rejection, and how to bounce back from disappointment. Read it here or by clicking the logo below, and check out Maisonneuve magazine for a regular dose of literary greatness.
Summer has got me seriously behind the 8 ball on news, but it’s high time I shared a lovely interview I got to have with my good friend and New Brunswick arts aficionado Marie-Hélène Morrell. Marie-Hélène is the founder of Created Here, a directory working to catalogue and connect creative-types from my home province. Her site is gorgeous, and her work is vitally important.
In June, she and I had a back-and-forth e-mail conversation that covered everything from day jobs to inspiration. Find it here or by clicking the logo below. Glam photographs by the very talented Chris Loh.
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.
It’s the holiday season, and yesterday an early gift arrived at my door.
It was Grain 42.1! And inside it was my story The Vacation Rules. I don’t know if the folks at Grain know this, but they are the first magazine to publish a short story of mine, and I’m pretty over the moon about it.
The issue also features a great non-fiction piece about boredom by the fabulous Michelle Kaeser, a fellow UBC MFA-er. Michelle is the greatest, and so is her work. So there.
Pick up a copy of the mag (I mean, look at that cover!) on newsstands now.
One of the best things about reviewing is getting to read books that I might otherwise have missed. The latest novels to cross my desk were Robert MacNeil’s Portrait of Julia and Michael Hingston’s The Dilettantes. In some ways, they couldn’t be more different – MacNeil’s novel is a historical fiction, while Hingston’s is a whip-smart modern-day look at student journalism – but both were great for a few hours of escapism. Brief blurbs below!
The First World War has ended, and newly-widowed Julia Robertson has escaped to France to pick up the pieces of her life. While there, she poses for Canadian expatriate painter J. W. Morrice, and as the brushes flow, Julia’s recent travels – and romances – spill out into the open.
The student newspaper at Simon Fraser University has been dealt a blow: Metro, the free daily blanketing the lower mainland, has finally made its way to campus. As Alex, Tracy, and the other editors at The Peak scramble to rally the newspaper troops, a mid-level celebrity arrives on campus and puts in a bid for student society president.