Archive for July, 2010

Wow! More signs of the power of OBOC…

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Sitting at the office this morning I saw the following OBOC Tweet fly by on Twitter. Very cool. Here’s hoping that library users actually like TBLP when they get it in their hands…

A humour night at the Leacock Summer Festival

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

On Friday, July 23, I’ll be hosting and participating in a night of humour at the Leacock Summer Festival in Orillia, Ontario. Joining me will be 2010 Leacock shortlisted author Kathryn Borel Jr. reading from her hilarious travelogue Corked, and 2003 Leacock winner Dan Needles who will undoubtedly have us all in hysterics whatever he decides to read. Having already read from The Best Laid Plans at the 2008 Leacock Summer Festival, I may read from The High Road instead. There is a great list of Canadian authors lined up to read at the festival so do check it out if you have the weekend free. I always look forward to returning to Orillia, the home of Stephen Leacock.

National Post story about self-publishing

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Mark Medley for  a story on self-publishing in the National Post. It seems I forgot to mention it here on the blog (at least I think I forgot). It ran in many Canwest papers across the country. In any event, here’s the piece. Thanks Mark.

The High Road Podcast: Chapter 6

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

(Update – July 4, 2010: I just noticed that shortly after the 23 minute mark in the original Chapter 6 audio file that I uploaded, I sound like I injested a dragon fly, coughed it back up, and then restarted the sentence. If you had to endure that version, my humble apologies. If this corrected version is the one you listened to, please forget that you ever read this note.)

This week, Chapter 6, courtesy of McClelland and Stewart. In this chapter, Angus endures his first in-studio TV interview of the campaign. The make-up woman has her hands, and his hair, full.

I certainly hope you’re enjoying the podcast now that we’re a quarter of the way through.

The music that opens and closes the podcast is Game Day by Jon Schmidt and is available through Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning of each episode is Roger Dey.

The 2010 Leacock Gala — A wonderful night

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

It was truly an honour to return to Orillia a few weeks ago for my third consecutive Leacock Gala to celebrate the winner of the 2010 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. I was asked to “emcee” the evening so I was a little anxious about it all. I need not have been. The Leacock community is so warm and welcoming that I was immediately put at ease at the podium. The winner this year is the hilarious Will Ferguson for his funny nonfiction book, Beyond Belfast, chronicling his walk around Northern Ireland in search of his family history. He is a very nice guy, just like his brother Ian, another Leacock winner, and as you might imagine, a very funny guy too. Will joined a very select group this year as one of only five three-time Leacock medalists. You might say he scored the Canadian humour hat trick. I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time with Will and with all the Leacock stalwarts in Orillia who do so much to stoke the fires of humour writing in Canada. As you might guess, Orillia and the Leacock Association have become very special to me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for what the Leacock Medal has meant in my writerly life.

Here I am trying to keep the trains running on time at the Gala.

And here’s a photo I’m very happy to have. Here are four Leacock winners and the President of the Leacock Association. (Left to right – Mike Hill, Leacock President, yours truly, 2008, Will Ferguson, 2002, 2005, 2010, Joseph Kertes, 1989, and Dan Needles, 2003)