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An Ode to Farley Mowat

Yesterday, Farley Mowat died. He was 92, so he had a good long go, and wrote a lot of books, and never hesitated to boom out his thoughts about the terrible mess we humans are making of things on the earth, but I fear that the world will forget him. My generation grew up with […]

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Introducing… Firelight Interview Series

I miss fires. Not for heat: we’ve got one of those burning in our wood furnace right now. Rather the kind that you sit by, feet propped up on the rock ring, a bottle of beer in the camp-chair cup holder, while the flames reflect on the faces of your friends. There’s spontaneous storytelling; laughter; […]

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“Well, the party’s over”: David Suzuki

David Suzuki’s Carbon Manifesto: For more: http://trialofsuzuki.ca/

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We Need To Talk

Swarm is set during times of peak oil. Well, post peak oil, actually. Deeply post peak oil. Very simply, peak oil is the theory that there is a peak at which we’ve tapped all the easily available oil reserves in the world. After that, petroleum becomes harder to find and more expensive to extract. You […]

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Home for a Rest

Well, I’m home. It’s snowed twice so far. J. and I are in a battle over how high to turn up the electric rads because we still haven’t managed to order any wood. There’s a need to go grocery shopping. The cat and dog are happy. Yes, back to normal, after the thrill of being […]

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Swarm: The Current Crisis

So here we are.  One reading into my book tour and the U.S. government has shut down, sending nearly a million federal workers on furlough and risking the stability of the whole house of cards. By the last day of my tour in Ontario – October 17th, the day I head back to The Pas […]

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And the winners are…

Well, it’s done. My Goodreads Giveaway ended on August 15th, while I was off in the wilderness, a few hundred kilometres away from my computer. So, let me say a big thank you to all the folks who signed up to request a free copy of Swarm. In the end, nearly 1800 people put their […]

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Swarm: Somberly Melodic

I’m thrilled to report that a terrific review of Swarm came out in the August issue of Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association which provides reviews geared mainly towards librarians and booksellers. If you sign up (they do offer 14-day trial memberships), you can read the review on their website. But I’ll also […]

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July Appearances in Ontario

I’m thrilled to be part of the brand new Lakehead University initiative that gathers people for summer programs in arts, culture, and community. In partnership with the Leacock Summer Writers’ Festival, I’ll be offering a course on dealing with the anxiety that inevitably emerges when one tries to create. Believe me, I’ve had lots of […]

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and the adventure continues…

My irrepressible husband, J., unsatisfied at the idea of being a supply teacher for the rest of his life, went and landed a full-time teaching job in The Pas, Manitoba. Where? That’s what I said. Here’s where: get in a car in Winnipeg, go north, and drive for six hours through flat land known as […]

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