In the first few weeks of its life, it’s been very gratifying to see Poles Apart grace a number of bestsellers lists in various positions. I just wanted to note them here for posterity’s sake, as this blog is a kind of digital scrapbook of my writing life. Here’s hoping Poles Apart hangs on for a few more weeks before it inevitably slips off these ever-changing bestsellers lists. I’m grateful to the many readers who have bought the book and helped propel it into these rankings.
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As I wrote recently in one of my little “Writers I revere” posts, I’ve been a fan of Paul Quarrington for over 20 years.Â I’ve read all of his novels and have first editions of each one.Â I’ve always admired him and his writing.Â So it was wonderful to share the stage with him in April at the Grimsby Author Series.
I started my day this morning as I often do, reading the Toronto Star.Â To my great shock and concern, there was a story about Paul and his lung cancer diagnosis made two weeks ago.Â What a bastard this disease is.Â It’s fitting that today is dreary, overcast, and melancholy.Â That just about sums up how I feel. Paul, your many fans are sending you positive vibes…
I’m sure my 15 minutes must soon be up. Because of the Leacock Medal shortlist, the Toronto Star ran a nice piece in the Sunday Star this past weekend. They even teased the story on the front page of the Entertainment section. I’d done the interview and photography last week. I’m amazed at how many people have e-mailed me in the wake of the article, including some who have said that they’ve ordered the book. Every little bit helps!