I’m off to Ontario dark and early tomorrow morning to take part in the Sudbury literary festival, Wordstock, so Hallowe’en is a bit of a non-event for me this year (other than wine time with J. accompanied by rec room horror movie watching along with equally as frightening last minute packing… I hate packing…)

Yesterday, I talked to Waubgeshig Rice, CBC host and writer, about my new novel and heading to Sudbury. You can listen here (although in my current fatigue-state I mistakenly said that the book began with the murder of the mother by the father instead of the other way around. Oops).

I’m excited to meet up with some old friends (including a long-lost friend from uni days who shaved my head when we were bumming around B.C. the summer of 1995), a cousin or two, and to hang out with fellow writers.

My events are on Saturday, when I’ll be talking about This Has Nothing To Do With You and forming fiction out of shades of reality (what I like to call collaging) with Gary Freeman (from 1 to 2 pm) and reading from my poetry collection Following Sea from 2:15 to 3:15 with Kim Fahner and Bernadette Wagner.

If you’re in the area, you can catch lots of other great events with plenty of fabulous Canadian writers including Doyali Islam and Kyo Maclear). Here’s the schedule.

After that, I’ll be bouncing around southern Ontario, appearing at these places:

  • Monday, November 4 – Barrie – Barrie Public Library (main branch), 60 Worsley Street
  • Tuesday, November 5 – Toronto – Rower’s Pub Reading Series at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, 6:45 pm (with Dwayne Morgan and Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall)
  • Wednesday, November 6 – Toronto – Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, 7 pm (with Farah Heron)
  • Thursday, November 7 – Peterborough – Sapphire Room, 137 Hunter Street West, 8 pm to last call (with Jessica Westhead and Andrew Forbes) – come for the books and writers, stay for the ’90s dance party!

You can always find details of my events on my website calendar or shoot me a note!

Hope you can make it!