Monday, 17 December 2018

Proof I Was almost here!

This novel has been a long time in the making, but it's finally finished! Proof I Was Here will be coming out on May 14, 2019 which is still a little ways away, but I'm so happy to reveal the beautiful cover! (Design by Kilby Smith-McGregor.)

And here's a little taste of what the book's about: 
What's the point of trying to leave a mark when everything disappears? This question is at the heart of Proof I Was Here, a novel that tells the coming-of-age story of a young thief and aspiring artist who attempts to reboot her life on the streets of Barcelona after an unexpected breakup. Hailing from Toronto, where she has criminal charges waiting, Niki is outside of Canada for the first time. The pickpockets, squatters and graffiti artists she meets challenge her to reassess her ideas about luck and art. With the help of a passionate Catalan separatist who dreams of building a new country from the ground up, Niki realizes that starting her life over from scratch could be an opportunity – if she can just find a way to clear her name.

For anyone interested in grabbing a copy, the novel is already available for pre-order on Chapters (in Canada) or on Amazon (in Canada), or Amazon (in the the US). It's also available on Amazon websites in Europe and elsewhere too!

Stay tuned for more news on launch and tour will be so lovely to finally share this book with you come spring!

Friday, 22 September 2017

CBC Nonfiction Prize

This past week something truly marvelous happened. My story "Trust Exercise" won the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize! This prize includes $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The other shortlisted stories were all incredibly powerful, and I feel like the luckiest writer alive at the moment.

The jury, composed of David Bidini, Charlotte Gray, and Carmen Aguirre had these lovely words to say about my piece:

"'Trust Exercise' is an elegant reminder not only of the malleability of memory, but also of its interruptions. The writing here breathes like a series of long sighs, and there's a quiet to the prose the way a flame set to parchment is muted yet alive. The devil is in the details, sure, but this wry story of love glides and swoops, too."

"Trust Exercise" can be read on CBC Books.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Debut Novel Coming Spring 2019!

I'm thrilled to announce that my first novel, currently entitled Proof I Was Here, will be published in Spring 2019 by Buckrider Books, the fiction and poetry imprint of Wolsak & Wynn. The name "Buckrider"comes from a Belgian and Dutch legend about bands of robbers who flew around on magical goats robbing locals. While there are no magical goats in my novel, there are indeed a lot of thieves, so I'm very excited to have found such a perfect home for my first book!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Riding the Rails

Taking the UP Express train between Pearson Airport and Union Station this summer? If so, you'll have just enough time to check out my latest story, “Point A to Point X.” Located conveniently in the seat-pocket in front of you, On the UP is a cute little magazine that highlights different areas of interest in Toronto and surrounding parts of Ontario. Each issue also features a piece of short fiction. Past issues have included stories by a bunch of my favourite Ontario writers: Eufemia Fantetti, Ayelet Tsabari, Heather Birrell, Sheila Heti, and Cheri Dimaline, just to name a few! I'm excited to be riding the rails in such good company! 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

A New Year, A New Story...

I'm pleased as punch to have my new story, "Coral Joy" in the latest issue of This Magazine. The online version of the story is available here! (Accompanied by a lovely illustration by Stephanie Singleton.)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Blood & Bourbon

It’s always exciting when there’s a new lit mag in town, especially if that magazine comes with a manifesto. Blood & Bourbon is a new Canadian journal whose mandate is “to celebrate all things hard, gritty, and raw.” Add to that the fact that one of the editors is Matt Lennox, a favourite grit-lit writer, and I’m thrilled to have two short stories in the inaugural issue. Free e-copies can be downloaded here!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

subTerrain – No. 71

My latest story, “Cream,” has just hit the stands in subTerrain #71. The issue was illustrated by David Boswell, legendary Vancouver comic book artist, and his drawings for my story are crazy-cool. Pick up a copy of the magazine to check them out! I'm still making my way through the issue--it just arrived yesterday--but so far it's full of essential fall reading: Peter Babiak’s essay on schooling digital natives, and an excerpt from Anakana Schofield’s “Martin John,” recently shortlisted for the Giller Prize!