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Answer to a question

Readers ask me questions. Most recently, “I am curious about the constant reference to berries – growing, picking, crushing, oozing etc. at various key points in Alone in the Classroom. If I had had the time, I would have charted … Continue reading

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Sussex Drive, Pinboy

I’ve been pressing two recent books upon everyone I know. Linda Svendsen’s Sussex Drive and George Bowering’s Pinboy. Sussex Drive is a pungent, brilliant, raucous political novel about the Ottawa of 2008, the notorious moment in Canada’s political life when … Continue reading

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AuthorsAloud

Trevor Cole’s excellent website has over one hundred author readings, recorded and framed by Trevor himself. The readings are blessedly short, five minutes or so in length. You can listen without having to trek to a public reading, you can … Continue reading

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Sickbed Reading

In the middle of the night, head stuffed and aching, I wandered down to the kitchen and there was the latest Brick magazine on the counter, containing at least two major thrills. First, the news that David Milne’s archive in … Continue reading

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Canadian Godot

I don’t drive at night. I barely drive at all. Then at times I feel the need to be brave. A week or so ago I found myself on the road to Brockville, making the hour and fifteen minute journey … Continue reading

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Liking Your Characters

I wrote this post for my UK publisher, MacLehose Press. (Their photo of a ball and chain was taken in the British Library, not as you might think in Ottawa.) My natural inclination is to look for the flaws and … Continue reading

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Book Gods

Another bookshelf came down two Sundays ago as we were eating supper. A heart-stopping double thud, and we thought a tree had fallen. But no, another waterfall of books from the toppled shelves directly beside our bed. We stood appalled … Continue reading

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Spill

Yesterday about noon I was at my desk when loudness I can’t describe, except to say that it sounded ominous, made me look up as the wall spilled forward in an avalanche of books. I raised my arms against three … Continue reading

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Honorary Doctorate

Carleton University awarded me an honorary doctorate on June 8. Not bad for a girl who barely finished university. In return, of course, I had to give a short speech to the graduating students, who charmed me with their shyness, … Continue reading

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Visitor

Mark came up the stairs to the second floor saying my name. “We’ve got a visitor,” he said with quiet wonder. I went downstairs to see our visitor. It lay on a section of newspaper on the kitchen counter, Peterson’s … Continue reading

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