Monday, May 29, 2017

Event: Reading with Rebecca Rosenblum in Charlottetown in June

I'm very excited to announce that my wife, Rebecca Rosenblum, and I will be doing a joint reading at the Confederation Library in my hometown of Charlottetown in June. She will be reading from her debut novel, So Much Love, which was recently shortlisted for the $40,000 First Novel Award, and I will of course be reading from The Slip. If you're on PEI and are able to make it out, we'd love to see you. Here are the details:

When: June 29, 2017.
What time: 6:30 pm.
Where: The Confederation Library, 145 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PE.
Cost: Free.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

A good week for The Slip

That's me and my book in this
morning's Toronto Star.
So the hits keep coming for The Slip as it begins its final descent into the world. This week saw not one but two wonderful reviews posted about the book. The first came on Thursday when Kerry Clare published this insightful and generous evaluation of the novel on her Pickle Me This blog. Kerry's a good friend of the Sampsenblums, and she also has some serious chops as a reviewer and reader of Canadian writing.

Then, in today's edition of the Toronto Star, there is a glowing review of The Slip in the Books section, written by BC-based novelist Brett Josef Grubisic. This marks the first appearance (as far as I know) of my work in the paper, which has the largest circulation in all of Canada. I was very excited to get word earlier in the week that it would be appearing this weekend.

Finally, The Slip's publisher, Dundurn Press, informed me about a week ago that it had received a large order of the book from Shoppers Drug Mart, and the novel is now available on the bookshelves of select outlets across the country. Some friends and colleagues have already spotted it in their local Shoppers and sent me pictures. And while is waiting to fill its own stock, you can still pre-order the book and they will deliver it to you when they do. The book will also hopefully be on shelves soon at brick-and-mortar stores, including Chapters-Indigo.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Weathervane featured on Today's Book of Poetry blog

So who said self-Googling doesn't pay off? I was on a short break from more mundane tasks yesterday when I pumped my name and other criteria into the search box and found this lovely post about Weathervane on Michael Dennis's Today's Book in Poetry blog. In the review, Michael and his "better half," K, have lovely things to say about various poems in the collection, including "Choosing a Mattress," "We Took the City," and "Blue Fog." Anyway, go check it and the rest of Michael's blog out. There are a ton of really great poets featured there.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Back on Steven Buechler‏'s blog

I'm very happy to share around this Q&A I did for Steven Buechler's stellar blog, The Library of Pacific Tranquility, which was posted earlier today. In this interview, we chat about my new novel, The Slip, which goes on sale in bookstores everywhere exactly two weeks from today. I've been on Steven's blog a few times now, and I'm very grateful and appreciative of the support he has shown my work. He's a very generous reader, and he's talked to a lot of interesting writers on his blog. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should.


Friday, May 5, 2017

The Slip's second major review

Quill & Quire has posted its sharp (or Sharpe? Get it?), insightful review of The Slip, running in its May issue. The piece, written by Michael Hingston, provides a really great overview of the book and touches on several of its themes and tropes. Here's a taste of what it says:
"The Slip turns out to be less about morality itself than the way technology can turn our sense of right and wrong into a game of broken telephone. At various points, Sharpe pines for the kind of in-person, straight-shooting conversation he is familiar with from his father’s pub in Charlottetown. That alone wouldn’t have saved him, of course. But Sampson’s novel is a brisk and well-rendered reminder that those who dismiss social media are the ones most likely to get trampled by it."
Read the full review here.