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Swarm in The Winnipeg Review

I was so pleased to read this thoughtful and thorough review of Swarm by Amy Attas in The Winnipeg Review. Another review appeared recently in Quill & Quire which I’ll link to as soon as it comes online. It’s so terrific that people are reading and critiquing my work. I love hearing what readers think! […]

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On Clarity After-the-Fact

Recently I listened to an interview with British writer Kate Atkinson. She said something that resonated with me. Paraphrased: “I never know what a book’s about until I’m finished,” she told the CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel. I so get that. The other day I was talking to someone about Swarm and like a rock cracking open […]

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Snap Scene

The writer Jessica Kluthe, whose book Rosina, the Midwife, came out last spring with Brindle & Glass has started this very cool Can Lit project called Snap Scene. For the project, writers illustrate a scene from their novel, snap a photo, and submit it along with a short excerpt to her Instagram site. Mine was […]

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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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Out of the Woods

Last week J. and I drove up past the 55th parallel, climbed in our canoe, and paddled part of the Grass River. We put in at Pisew Falls and meandered downstream to Kwasitchewan Falls, on a route used for thousands of years by aboriginal people and fur traders who came in the 1700s in search […]

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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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Home from Former Haunts

J. and I came back to The Pas from Ontario a few days ago after being away for nearly a month. With two animals in the car – our senior, asthmatic cat and our 11-month-old puppy – we traveled over 2,500 kilometers both there and back, driving through Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, the edge of North […]

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