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Ottawa Launch of His Whole Life

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, August 9, more than 200 people attended the launch of His Whole Life outside the Horticulture Building in Ottawa. I’m under the canopy, like the Pope. The event was organized with flare by the Ottawa … Continue reading

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Nerves

You finish writing a book and relax for a bit. I finished His Whole Life in March and now it’s the end of June. The book will come out in August. That’s soon. And what always happens is happening again. … Continue reading

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December

A warm house. A beautiful tree in the corner drinking water like a thirsty dog. Our children home. My favourite parts of Christmas are bringing the outside in and the far away close. Our son is home from England, our … Continue reading

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Breakfast Under the Influence

Some writers say they don’t read fiction when they’re in the middle of writing fiction, so afraid are they of unconsciously picking up the other’s voice. Not me. I read anything. Early the other day, waiting for breakfast in a … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Next Stage

I remember glorious Easter weekends in my childhood when amidst the general surge of warmth and sunshine I would find the warmest spot of all and occupy it happily. The warmest spot was inside the family station wagon parked in … Continue reading

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Dear November

I’ve been trying to write a play. I’ve also been trying to find a better title for the novel I’ve nearly finished. The play has to have a big role for my daughter the struggling actor. That would be the … Continue reading

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New Work

This summer our cherry tree was the goose that laid the golden egg, unceasing in its red fruitfulness at the foot of the garden. And Mark, unceasing in his eagerness to pick. In July, whenever I opened the freezer door, … Continue reading

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Landscape While It Lasts

It’s strange and wonderful when something out of the blue leads you to the very place you want to be, even if that place never lasts long. A week or so ago, I received a phone call from a university … Continue reading

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Lolita in a Dying Car

We limped to Boston and back recently in a dying car. For company we had Jeremy Irons reading Lolita. In other words, we were in two grips – the car’s torment and Humbert Humbert’s. In my twenties Lolita met me … Continue reading

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Don Draper’s Dante

I’ve been wondering which Dante translation Don Draper was reading on that beach in Hawaii. A well-thumbed paperback in the year 1968. “Midway in our life’s journey I went astray … and found myself alone in a dark wood.” I … Continue reading

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