Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Globe's best fall 2020 readers from Canadian indie publishers

What? Who? Where? What? What? When? Yikes! My new novel, All the Animals on Earth, has been included in the Globe and Mail's annual Best independent reads to pick up this fall list. Colour me chuffed! It's a great list to be on, and features new releases from Ian Williams (previous Giller winner) Farzana Doctor (my fellow Dundurn alum), and other luminaries. Anyway, it sometimes sounds like crickets after a book's been out for a month or so, but this is some really excellent news to receive. Hazzah!

Monday, September 28, 2020

Reading: Launch Party for the Cootes Paradise Writing Anthology, Volume 2

I wrote the foreword to the second volume of Cootes Paradise, a lovely new anthology out of Hamilton, Ontario. I'll be doing a short reading from my new novel as part of the launch tomorrow night, Tuesday September 29. The event kicks off at 7 pm EST. If you're free, come out support this talented group of young people. Here is the link to the event on Zoom.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Appearance on All Lit Up's Indie Reading Room

And the hits just keep coming. Yesterday I did a reading as part of All Lit Up's Indie Reading on its Instagram page in support of my new novel, All the Animals on Earth. You can watch the reading by going here and clicking on my face. They also posted a Q&A with me on their blog, where I talk about the book and how I came up it. All Lit Up's online store is also offering the novel for 20% OFF with promo code READINGROOM until Oct 1, 2020 - so if you haven't purchased a copy (and really, why haven't you?) this is a good chance to do so and save some money.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Appearance at Toronto Word on the Street's Booth Chat

We can chalk up the short-noticedness of this to COVID-19, but I'll be appearing this Monday, September 21, live on Toronto Word on the Street's instagram page from 6 to 6:15 pm as part of its "booth chat." If you're free, come on by and say hi. This will mark my first ever public reading from the new novel, All the Animals on Earth since it was published earlier this month.

The organizers have put together this snazzy poster for it with more details. Please come!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Radio interview about All the Animals on Earth

Episode 199 and feelin' fine! Back in the spring, before my new novel, All the Animals on Earth, got delayed to the fall, I was interviewed by Jamie Tennant for his boss radio show, Get Lit, on CFMU at McMaster University, Hamilton. The interview is now online and ready for your listening pleasure. I'm very proud of this book, and proud that Jamie invited me back on his show to chat about it. (He also interviewed me when my previous novel, The Slip, came out in 2017.)

So yes, the new novel is out! The official publication date was September 6 and Animals is slowly making its way out into the world. It is, of course, a very strange time to be publishing a book. Thanks to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, bookstores, libraries, reading series and literary festivals are still showing lots of (very understandable) restraint as the pandemic continues to hamstring all the important work they do.

But I want to mention that I do have a handful of virtual events cooking, and should be able to announce dates and times soon. In the meantime, if you're able to get to a library or a bookstore, if you're free to check out an online festival event or reading series, please do so. The publishing industry, precarious at the best of times, needs the support now more than ever.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Featured in Quill & Quire

A bit more early buzz has arrived for my new novel, All the Animals on Earth. I was interviewed for this Quill & Quire article, Publishers question how best to promote novels that have unexpected real-world relevance during COVID-19 (paywall), by reviews editor Steven W. Beattie. You have to have a subscription to read the article online, but I've included a screen grab from the print edition here:

The article also talks to my publisher at Wolsak & Wynn, Noelle Allen, my fellow W&W author Anne Stone about her new novel, Girl Minus X, and author Saleema Nawaz and her editor at McClelland & Stewart, Anita Chong, about Nawaz's new post-apocalyptic novel, Songs for the End of the World, which has some creepily spot-on parallels to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyway, it was great to be included here and chat up All the Animals on Earth.

Just a reminder that the book's new publication date is September 6. You can, of course, pre-order a copy from all the usual suspects, including Chapters-Indigo,, or your favourite local independent bookstore, such as McNally Robinson in the Prairies, Another Story Bookshop here in Toronto, or the Bookmark in Halifax or Charlottetown.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Novel release delayed due to you know what

Hey gang: So today was supposed to be the official publication date for my new novel, All the Animals on Earth, but Wolsak & Wynn has wisely decided to hold off its release until September. It is absolutely for the best as we wait to see how the book retail landscape will shape up over the next few months of the pandemic.

For those who have already pre-ordered a copy - thank you so much! Sorry you'll have to wait a bit longer to have one in your hands. If you haven't yet but are thinking about it, this is still a good time to do so. Pre-orders really help publishers and bookstores out (and give a much-needed confidence boost to lowly writers scribbling away in isolation on the next thing). The book industry, like so many in these strange and troubled times, need as much support as you have to give.

As always, huge thanks to Noelle Allen, Paul Vermeersch, Ashley Hisson and the whole team at W&W for their continued awesomeness. Thanks to Emily Dockrill Jones, who did a corking-good job on the copy edit, and to Michel Vrana for that amazing cover design.