Smells Like Heaven had a swell launch this week in Hamilton at Bryan Prince Bookseller’s new community space. We had standing room only with guests from as far away as Haliburton, Owen Sound, Midland, Brampton and Toronto. Wendy O’Brien, a former colleague and all-around smart lady, interviewed me. The interview was nerve-wracking, vulnerable, funny and … More Gushing Gratitude & Bookish Cake
Who doesn’t love a good book playlist? The stories in Smells Like Heaven span thirty years. Some of these songs appear in the book; others, well, you’ll see. Slip this cassette into the deck and enjoy the ride. I know I did. Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” has to come first. I originally called the book Ripple and … More Smells Like Heaven Mixtape
Can We Read It Yet? This week ten copies of Smells Like Heaven arrived in a box on my doorstep. I waited until my children came home then filmed them painstakingly taking turns opening the box with an old steak knife. When they took out the books, they looked even happier than me, not an … More Should Your Children Read Your (Adult) Fiction?
“I have a finite time on earth. I’m not interested in coasting through it. I want to be invested.” Bryan Cranston, A Life in Parts Last year I started connecting to my local arts community in a big way by signing on as a Senior Editor at Hamilton Review of Books. I’m loving everything about … More Artist Life Hacks
Buy More Art This week I visited some neighbours’ studios on a local artists’ tour and found the above sign propped on the kitchen counter at a house around the corner from me. My mom bought me a resonant work of art made of found objects (including linoleum from the city where I went to … More Found Objects and Launches
Last week this stack of postcards came, a precursor to the thrill of holding the book for the first time, a moment which is now mere weeks away. The postcards were great swag to hand out at the Hamilton Public Library reading on April 22. Every reader was strong and distinct and I was thrilled … More Postcards and Pups
Which topic is mine? Perhaps all three. Come to the Hamilton Public Library on Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. and find out.
Have I mentioned I belong to a Writers’ Circle with authors John Miller and Elizabeth Ruth? And that we have our own website? Check it out here. Why not follow us? We’ve got some exciting developments coming down the pipe.
Doesn’t it make you want to pick up this book and see what’s inside? Melt. The image is by Manitoba artist Melanie Rocan. I’m happy the folks at ARP Books chose such a lovely, inviting design.
It’s official! Smells Like Heaven, my third book, is coming out with ARP Books in June. Here’s a peek at the publisher’s description: Set in the fictional town of Fletcher, the connected stories in Smells Like Heaven span thirty years. Fletcher is a town the characters strive to escape, but keep returning to, as they stumble … More Smells Like Heaven