Friday, 6 December 2013

Taddle Creek - No. 31

The latest issue of Taddle Creek came out this week and it includes a new short story of mine called "Apoptosis". I'm especially excited because it's the first time that my work has been illustrated! If you'd like to see the drawing that accompanies my story - and here's a teaser: there's a mermaid in the picture - you can pick up a copy of the magazine at one of these fine booksellers. Or, if you're in Toronto, perhaps you'd like to swing by the launch on December 10th (8:00PM at The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W.). I'll be doing a short reading that night, and copies of the magazine will be on sale for only 5 bucks. Come find out what "apoptosis" means, and what the heck it has to do with mermaids...

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Readings Galore!

Over the next few weeks, I've been invited to participate in an exciting and diverse collection of readings. For those of you in Toronto, it would be lovely to see you at one (or more!) of these events:
Thursday, October 24
Magpie Taproom, 831 Dundas St. W.
8:00 PM
I'll be reading a new short story.
My fellow readers will be: Nicole Chin, David Mannion, and Ken Babstock
Sunday, October 27
The Black Swan, 154 Danforth
3:00 PM
I'll be reading an excerpt from my novel-in-progress.
My fellow readers will be: Hardish Dhaliwal, Victoria Hetherington, Aga Maksimowska, Emily Pohl-Weary, and Liz Worth

Ruckus Readings
Sunday, November 17
The Only Cafe, 972 Danforth
7:00 PM
I'll be reading something raucous involving audience participation.
My fellow readers will be: Terri Favro, Andrew Faulkner, and Nicholas Daniel Michelis
There will also be live music!

A Recipe for Disaster (Eufemia Fantetti's Book Launch)
Thursday, November 21
No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College St.
7:00 PM
I'll be reading a short piece written especially for this event.
My fellow readers will be: Eufemia Fantetti and Kathy Friedman
There will also be live music and homemade desserts!

Taddle Creek Winter Launch
Tuesday, December 10
The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W.
8:00 PM
I'll be doing a short reading.
My fellow readers will be: Julie Cameron Gray and Robin Richardson
Pick up a copy of the latest issue for only $5!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Murder, Lust, and Larceny

Room Magazine's latest theme issue "Murder, Lust, and Larceny" includes a story of mine called "Snatch and Release". I'm thrilled to be hiding out under the same cover as criminally good short story writers Yasuko Thanh and Amy Jones! To watch a video trailer of short readings by some of the contributors, click here.

To read the story online, click here.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Yours to Keep

I was recently interviewed by Rebecca Fisseha from Diaspora Dialogues on the progress of my novel "Yours to Keep". The article, which also includes details of my research trips to Barcelona, can be found here.

I'll be reading from the novel at the Diaspora Dialogues tent at Toronto's Word on the Street in September. Come and check it out!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Next Chapter

The prospect of being interviewed by Shelagh Rogers was a little nerve-wracking, but when I got to the studio, she made me feel comfortable right away. So comfortable in fact, that I ended up discussing pornography with her! You can listen to the interview here.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Unbelievably Good News!

So it's taken me a couple of weeks to really process this information but apparently, I actually won the CBC Short Story contest. It's extremely hard to believe! When I got the phone call, all I could say was, "That's crazy!" I think I said it six or seven times, until the woman from CBC interjected, "Crazy good though, right?" and I said, "Yes!" Anyway, I am still somewhat in shock. I also feel incredibly grateful to have somehow been selected from what I'm sure was an impressive crop of stories from all across the country.
And I don't know which part of the prize I feel most excited about. It's been really gratifying to see my racy little story appear in EnRoute magazine (the hard-copy even has an advisory warning on top which I love). I am so excited to be reading at the Blue Metropolis literary festival later this month, and I am thrilled at having the opportunity to take some time off work using the prize money and to have two weeks at The Leighton Artists' Colony in Banff to write something new. So, generally, I'm just feeling so so lucky and happy about all this...and a little black and blue from all the pinching...

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize

I'm thrilled to be one of the five finalists for this year's contest! To read my shortlisted story, click here.

To read my Q&A on Open Book Ontario, click here.

I'm sure the competition will be tough, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Monday, 18 February 2013

CBC Short Story Longlist

I got a very special birthday present this year: finding out I was on the longlist for the CBC Short Story Prize! This announcement really made my day...:) The shortlist will be announced in March!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Shorthand Profile - Emerging Writer

I was recently profiled as the Emerging Author of the Month in Shorthand, Diaspora Dialogue's online literary zine. You can read my profile by visiting this page, or you can check out an excerpt from my novel-in-progress here.