Archive for December, 2009

My first blurb…

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Another threshold crossed in my unexpected literary journey. I was directed to the Random House/Knopf Canada website today where I found Drew Hayden Taylor’s new novel listed. It’s due out in March. Drew is a very funny guy and an accomplished writer. I’ve shared the stage with him several times in the last year at various readings and authors festivals and I’ve always enjoyed our time together. The folks at Knopf Canada, his publisher, contacted me earlier in the fall to see if I would read Drew’s manuscript for his new novel, Motorcycles and Sweetgrass, and provide a suitably supportive sentence or two. I was thrilled to be asked. They sent me the manuscript and I thoroughly enjoyed his brilliant new novel.

A few weeks ago, I sent in my “blurb.” When I reached the website today, I saw that my comment is sandwiched between wonderful quotations from Joseph Boyden (last year’s Giller winner) and Ian Ferguson (2004 Leacock Medal winner). What amazing literary company I’m somehow now keeping. Very cool. As I read Drew’s manuscript, I couldn’t help thinking about a line my friend and fellow writer Mike Tanner kindly wrote to help promote TBLP before it was published. It seemed to fit how I felt about Drew’s writing. So I modified the sentiment but felt I owed Mike at least a footnote.

Drew Hayden Taylor blurb graphic

Words Worth Books puts TBLP on gift list…

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The staff of the wonderful Words Worth Books in Waterloo, Ontario have just added TBLP to their list of gift ideas for the holidays. How kind of them. It’s wonderful to be on the same list with the next volume of John English’s biography of Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Just 17 more days of shopping left. You must stop in at Words Worth Books the next time you’re in Waterloo. They know their way around the printed word.

Words Worth Blog (Christmas)

Love this new blog…

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Advent Book BLog

Ami McKay, author of The Birth House directed me (via Twitter) to the Advent Book Blog, a great new blog created by Sean (Books on the Radio) Cranberry and Julie (Book Madam) Wilson. They’re inviting members of the writing/publishing/bookselling communities to submit short but spirited recommendations for their favourite books published in the last year. Each day more  and more interesting books are posted. I’ve submitted one but it may take a while for it to show up on the blog as the queue is growing. Check it out and get your Christmas shopping done early!