Startle and Illuminate

I love writing guides. Even if I don’t accept all the advice, I love how they offer us insights into the creative process, techniques for approaching an idea or text, and biographical details. Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird are two of my favourites. I think I was set on this path when my medieval studies professor in undergrad recommended a book on writing creative non-fiction, “to help us with our essays.” Continue reading “Startle and Illuminate”

“A scene with Jewish pirates”

Whew! I cannot believe April is almost over. I’ve been working away on books for fall 2016, spring 2017, and spring 2018 (today I wrote the year 2026, and paused to reflect on its utter impossibility). I’ve also been preparing a large veggie plot and herb patch in the backyard…there’s nothing quite like weeding and tending to the soil for clearing the mind. On a related note, seasonal allergies are rearing their scratchy, snotty head, and I learned that sniffing peppermint oil can help relieve the symptoms…naturally, I lost my little bottle of essential oil while biking to the Danforth for a piratical book launch. Continue reading ““A scene with Jewish pirates””

End of the Rope

I have another exciting acquisition to announce.

Jan Redford’s debut, END OF THE ROPE: A Mountain Memoir, in the tradition of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, set in the Rockies, starting as a rash young climber bouncing from mountain to mountain and relationship to relationship, to losing the love of her life in a climbing accident, then becoming pregnant with his friend’s baby and struggling in a stormy marriage, to finally breaking free to make her own way in life and graduate from UBC’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Canada English rights to Amanda Lewis at Random House Canada for Spring 2018 by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

I first met Jan over email in 2012, and was impressed by her spirit and her immense work ethic. I had the pleasure of meeting Jan in person when I was in Vancouver in March. We’re working away on the revisions now.

Books on Bathurst – May 28, 2016

We’ve finalized our program for this year’s book ride. Books on Bathurst will pay tribute to Jane Jacobs and June Callwood, and highlight the need for safer biking options along this busy north-south route. We’ll hear from librarians, city officials, community organizers, and these wonderful authors…

Grace O’Connell, author of Magnified World
Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things
Jay Pitter and John Lorinc, editors of Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity
S. Bear Bergman, author of Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter
Anne Michaels, Toronto Poet Laureate and author of Fugitive Pieces

More information on our website.