Wordfest in Calgary & Banff in October, 2011 both reading at and hosting events, and read with the inimitable Meg Wolizter again, as well as Lev Grossman (The Magician King and The Magicians — twho of my fave reads last year).
The 2011 Scotiabank Giller Shortlist: This was crazy. The press, the dress, the pressure — all great fun. Here’s me at Giller Gala with top guy Dexter.
The Galiano Island Writers Festival, February 2012: Yum. All I can say is, The Galiano Inn can put on a spread! And the wrap-up event with Robert Weirsema reading from his Walk Like a Man backed by a Springsteen cover band was some of the most fun I’ve had since I was born to run.
The 2012 Bookworm Beijing International Literary Festival: Yes, I went to China in March. I’m still processing this months later. Mindbending in many ways; had mixed feelings about going, and am very glad I did. Highlights included: eating Muslim Chinese food in Suzhou (twice), navigating Beijing on subway solo, volunteering for a day at a migrant workers’ children’s school on the ourskirts of Beijing (check out The Migrant Childrens Foundation to help this great organization and its indefatigable founder, Helen Boyle), surviving the traffic, attending a poetry slam at an “underground” punk club (remniscent of those in Ottawa in the mid-80s), and meeting the Norwegian writer, Kjersti Skomsvold (author of the sad and funny charm-bomb of a novel, The Faster I Walk The Smaller I Am).
Words on the Water, March 2012: This festival in Campbell River is the little festival that could (and can) — the organizing committee are hosts par excellence, audiences big and enthusiastic, and MC John Elson is The. Best. Introducer. Ever.
UPCOMING in 2012
The Cork International Short Fiction Festival : September 19 to 23. (I’m promised good craic and food and drink and will be there with fellow Canucks, the elegant and brainy Johanna Skibsrud and lyrical tough guy D.W. Wilson).
The Whistler Writers Festival, October 12-14: I’ll be reading and on a panel with the wonderful Miranda Hill, whose debut collection Sleeping Funny is coming out in September, as well as giving a workshop.
Ripped From the Pages, October 19th, part of the Vancouver International Readers and Writers Festival: This cool event is the brainchild of musician/author Dave Bidini and this is the first time he’s putting it on in Vancouver. Music and words inspired by Timothy Taylor’s lastest culture-savvy novel, The Blue Light Project.
UPCOMING in 2013
Vancouver: January 2013: Christina’s Lyceum
Toronto: February 15, 2013: The University of Toronto
Adelaide, Australia, March 2 to 7, 2013: Adelaide Writers’ Week
Spring 2011: I have some Readings & Parties & Workshops happening here and there over the next while. Please check these out — Better Living may be coming to a bar, bookstore, library or other venue near you soon.
I’m reading in my hometown for the first time ever — alongside Toronto’s Anne Perdue whose book title I’m jealous of.
I am thrilled to be appearing with the dynamic Jessica Westhead and the witty and wonderful Meg Wolitzer. Both of their new books are super smart and deadpan funny.
I flipped out when I found out I’d be appearing with Sylvia Tyson – the Sylvia Tyson!
I’ll be sharing the stage on Saturday, August 6 with my good friend, the delightful Sarah Selecky, as well as leading a writing workshop on Sunday, August 7th.