The Spirituality of Imperfection

I’m re-reading a great book right now, called THE SPIRITUALITY OF IMPERFECTION.  Sounds tailor-made for me, doesn’t it?  I know, I know. This books speaks to me on several levels — as a person staying sober one day at a time, as a writer, and as someone seeking a closer relationship with the Sacred.  In…

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What To Do? What To Do?

I had a phone chat recently with a writer friend of mine.  We both have books coming out this spring and are both dealing with the pre-publication jitters.  His editor called him to say a blurb for the book had come in and it was a really nice blurb, but the ‘blurbist’ had suggested “a…

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The Next Big Thing: Find Out What I'm Working On

Writers are tagging writers in this new questionnaire going around the web. What’s the next big thing we’re working on? Thanks to historical novelist Sandra Gulland for tagging me!   What is your working title of your book? “The Empty Room”  — it’s the final title. Where did the idea come from for the book?…

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Nova Scotia Bound

I’m off to Halifax on Saturday to take part in the wonderful “Word on the Street” events on Sunday as well as doing a reading at “The Inside Story”  in Greenwood, Nova Scotia on Wednesday evening, Sept. 26. I’m excited.  I LOVE Nova Scotia and look forward to seeing old friends. One of the things…

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OUR DAILY BREAD & The Giller Prize

Well, today started out pretty darn well.  I heard OUR DAILY BREAD was longlisted for the Giller Prize. All prizes are, of course, as much a matter of luck and timing as anything else. I know there were some wonderful books published this year that didn’t make it onto the list. I also know it’s…

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And Just What, May I Ask, Are Your Intentions?

There’s an interesting piece about literary criticism in the Aug. 15, 2012 New York Times, written by literary critic Dwight Garner, called “A Critic’s Case for Critics Who Are Actually Critical.”  It’s a fun article to read, peppered as it is with just the sorts of anecdotes that make us want to read critical snark…

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We Remain Faithful

“Talent is long patience.” — Gustave Flaubert A few years ago I lay on the couch in my living room, curled up into a fetal position, intermittently groaning and blinking back tears. I felt as though everything I had worked for had been ripped away from me, as though I had arrived at the party…

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10 Truths for Emerging Writers (hint: think slow)

I heard from an emerging writer recently who said she’d been crushed, devastated, destroyed by the feedback she’s received on her book, which she recently self-published, and by the lack of sales.  She was so convinced it was brilliant. Now she feels as though readers are idiots or else she’s utterly deluded.  Either way, she’s…

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Musehouse Reading

Bookbound has an article about my upcoming reading at the Musehouse Center for the Literary Arts in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia on Saturday, Feb. 18th.  I think the writer, Nicolette Milholin, did a fine job with it.  You can read it here.  Hope some of you can make it to the reading!

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Globe & Mail Review of OUR DAILY BREAD

I am humbled and grateful for the wonderful review Alan Cuymn gave OUR DAILY BREAD in the Globe & Mail.  I have enormous respect for Cuymn’s work; to get such a positive review from him leaves me breathless. He says: Where is hell, exactly? Up the mountain, where it has always been. The road there…

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