Archive for the ‘Quill & Quire’ Category

Operation Angus: Bestsellers List Roundup

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

I’m very happy to see Operation Angus appearing on Bestsellers lists just a week after its release. To all of you who preordered and purchased copies since it was published on August 31, thank you, thank you, thank you!

G&M Sept 11

Toronto Star Sept 8

CBC List Sept 4 RCC Indie Bestsellers Sept 4

Quill and Quire Sept 4

Up and Down somehow wins Evergreen Award

Monday, November 18th, 2013

I am feeling very lucky. I may just pick up a lottery ticket on my way home from the office. I found out late last week that Up and Down had been named the winner of the Ontario Library Association’s 2013 Evergreen Award for the best in fiction or nonfiction as voted by library patrons across Ontario. I’m honoured and thrilled. When the finalist list was announced last February, I was chuffed to have been included among so many wonderful writers. So I really wasn’t expecting to win (hence my lottery ticket purchase plan).

I do want to pay tribute to my fellow finalists and thank them for their wonderful books. I encourage you all to read these fine works. As well, I’m grateful to all of the library patrons who voted in the sixty different branches participating in the Evergreen Award.

Q&Q Evergreen


Thrilled to sign with M&S for my next two novels

Friday, July 5th, 2013

This happened a while ago, but the news was just released today. I’ve signed a two-book deal with McClelland & Stewart, under the Douglas Gibson Books imprint. Doug Gibson will still be my editor. My fourth novel, No Relation, is written and edited, and is already in M&S’s hands for copy-editing, layout, and cover design. It will be published in May, 2014. It’s possible I’ll actually have my fifth novel written by then, (he says, optimistically) as I’m now deep into the planning stages of it, and hope to have started writing the manuscript by the end of the year. It’s tentatively called Poles Apart. (I’ll write more about novel #5 later in the summer, when the story is more fully developed.)

It’s an honour to be with McClelland & Stewart for my next two novels. My gratitude to my agent Beverley Slopen, and the great folks at M&S, Ellen Seligman, Doug Gibson, Bhavna Chauhan, Kristin Cochrane, Anita Chong, and of course my tireless publicist, Frances Bedford. Onwards…

Say what? A CBA Author of the Year Finalist?

Thursday, May 16th, 2013


I’m not quite sure how to process this, but it seems I’m a finalist for the Canadian Booksellers Association Author of the Year Libris Award. It’s an annual honour handed out by the independent booksellers to a “Canadian author of an outstanding literary work published in the previous year that makes a significant contribution to Canadian culture. The work must combine readability with strong sales. The author should be one who has offered strong support to the bookselling industry.” (There are lots of other Libris award categories but the graphic above just shows the first two.)

I certainly wouldn’t have thought I’d be a candidate for this, particularly when the other names in the running are Alice Munro, Will Ferguson, and Nancy Richler. (Since my great editor, Douglas Gibson, also edits Alice Munro, he’s quite excited about it all.) I have traveled the province, and sometimes the country, for readings, often supported by wonderful independent booksellers, but still, this is most unexpected. Needless to say, I’m shocked and thrilled at the same time. The awards are announced at a big dinner on June 3rd at the Toronto Congress Centre. I was actually the Emcee for this dinner last year. I don’t expect to be going anywhere near the stage this time around, but it sure is nice to be in such fine company on the shortlist. Perhaps I’ll get to meet Alice Munro. Now that would be cool…

Self-indulgent screen grab for posterity’s sake

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I think of my blog partly as a digital scrapbook of this wild and wonderful writing  journey I’ve been on since finishing the manuscript for The Best Laid Plans back in 2005. So when I come across news items that help to put my experience into some kind of context or perspective, I’ll post it on my blog so I’ll have a record of it. This is one such time, so bear with me.

My literary agent, Beverley Slopen, discovered via Quill & Quire a week or so ago that for the first time, both The Best Laid Plans and The High Road made it onto BookNet‘s extended Canadian Fiction Bestseller’s list. I never dreamed this might happen so I’ve captured it here for posterity in case it never happens again!

Quill & Quire quotes authors’ rules for writing

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Quill & Quire has assembled on its blog some quotations from several authors capturing a selection of writing rules. Not sure how I made the list but Q&Q is clearly excerpting the Canada Also Reads piece the finalists were asked to submit last week for the National Post’s Afterword blog. I’m delighted to be there amidst some wonderful writers and their sage advice.