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Six Books I’m Rereading

First posted on Canadian Bookshelf canadianbookshelf.com/ The Man from the Creeks, Robert Kroetsch, 1998, New Canadian Library Kroetsch’s sudden death in June made me pick up his last novel once again. I came to it for the first time a … Continue reading

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September

On September 6, I wheeled my bicycle past the bed of zinnias at the front of the house and rode downtown to the National Art Gallery. On the second floor I went looking for Van Gogh. There are two small … Continue reading

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Jack

The day he died, an eloquent friend wrote to say her sadness was shocking, indeed seismic; she hid herself from her less demonstrative family by descending to the basement and drowning out her weeping with the vacuum cleaner. The same … Continue reading

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The Berkshires

My son gave us names. He was Mister Deck, his father was Sneak, I was Shoe. We were in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, bicycling by day, camping at night and taking in music, dance and theatre between times at … Continue reading

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Alone in the Classroom is a bestseller

For twenty-one weeks Alone in the Classroom was on the Macleans bestseller list!  

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Interview about Alone in the Classroom

Interview by Friederike Knabe OSCAR (Ottawa) July/August 2011 At the Spring edition of the Writersfestival 2011, you read from your new novel Alone in the Classroom.  In your introduction and the discussion afterwards, you touched on the personal journey you … Continue reading

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Names

I was asked again the other day how I come up with the names of characters. In hindsight I wish I’d said that the right name gives me the scent of the character. Then like an old dog on the … Continue reading

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Summer

The other evening we noticed a huge bumblebee take an interest in the underside of the porch railing, in the cavity left open by a missing spindle. We watched it investigate and then make itself at home, curling upside down … Continue reading

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New short story, “The Dressing Gown,” in Ottawa Magazine

Ottawa Magazine‘s Best of Summer issue (Summer 2011) features a new short story. Not available online but details on the Ottawa Magazine website. “Into her room comes her small son. His red hair sits on top of his head like … Continue reading

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Smart Girl

My daughter sent me back to the drawing board. “Think about what’s driving each character,” she said, after reading my attempt at a play. “What makes this night different from every other night?” The question gets asked every Passover and … Continue reading

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