The Amateurs by Liz Harmer

World rights to Liz Harmer’s debut novel THE AMATEURS, a post-apocalyptic examination of nostalgia, loss and the possibility of starting over in a future where one-way time-travel ports have become as common as TVs, resulting in the disappearance of the majority of the world’s population—reminiscent of Margaret Atwood and Karen Thompson Walker, to Amanda Lewis of Knopf Canada in a two-book deal, arranged without an agent.

I am very happy to (finally!) announce this deal. I’ve been working with Liz on her first novel for about a year, and it’s mind-blowingly good, one of the best novels I have read in recent years. After I spoke about it at spring 2017 launch two weeks ago, sales reps came up to me demanding to see a manuscript. It will be one of our New Face of Fiction titles for 2017.

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Reflections of an aunt on Mother’s Day

Spirituality doesn’t look like sitting down and meditating. Spirituality looks like folding the towels in a sweet way and talking kindly to the people in the family even though you’ve had a long day. Or even saying to them, ‘Listen, I’ve had such a long day, but it would be really wonderful if I could just fold these—I’d really love folding these towels quietly if you all are ready to go to bed without me,’ or whatever it is. People often say to me, ‘I have so many things that take up my day. I don’t have time to take up a spiritual practice.’ And the thing is, being a wise parent or a spiritual parent doesn’t take extra time. It’s enfolded into the act of parenting.

Sylvia Boorstein, quoted in Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tippett

Spring gardening report

I’ve been out in the garden as much as possible over the past few weeks, readying it for spring planting.

I moved to this house late last year, so didn’t know much before this point about what was already growing, the condition of the soil, or where the light fell in the garden.

In my explorations I discovered a variety of perennials, plus ferns, clematis, blackberry, forsythia, and several types of vines, creepers, and ground cover. Continue reading “Spring gardening report”

How to ace your job interview

This week I helped clients prepare for last-minute job interviews. If you need to polish your CV or LinkedIn profile, prepare a slide deck for a panel presentation, or just need a pep talk for how you are going to ace your interview, I’m happy to help!

I offer career coaching by phone or in person, and I can often return edited material to you within hours.

Please be in touch to discuss how we can move your exciting opportunity from wah! to WOO!

Celebrating Jane Jacobs

I would like it to be understood, and increasingly understood as time passes, that all our human economic achievements have been done by ordinary people, not by exceptionally educated people, or by elites, or by supernatural forces, for heaven’s sake. Yet without understanding this, people are all too willing to fall for the idea that they can’t do this, they themselves, or anybody they know, because they’re too ordinary.

This week, in Toronto and around the world, individuals and organizations are celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs. The writer, activist, urban theorist, and under-acknowledged economist encouraged us to “get out and walk,” to experience the city around us. Jane’s Walk, which was started ten years ago as a way to carry Jane’s ideas forward, will be culminating in three days of city exploration this weekend.

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Jane Jacobs in her New York City backyard in the 1960s, before she and her family moved to Toronto. Credit: Jim Jacobs.

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