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Brighten the Corner Where You Are

Brighten the Corner Where You Are: A Novel inspired by the life of Maud Lewis

Dear Reader, One glimpse of the tiny painted house that folk art legend Maud Lewis shared with her husband Everett, and the contrast between her joyful artwork and her life’s deprivations jumps out. One glimpse at her photo and you realize, for all her smile’s shyness, she must’ve been one tough cookie. But, beneath her …

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In Other News

Thrilled to say that A Bird on Every Tree has been shortlisted for this year’s Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. I’m deeply honoured to share the Raddall list with the brilliant Sarah Faber for her gorgeous novel All is Beauty Now and her husband Oisin …

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Happy 2017!

Happy 2017! How far does place go in shaping how we self-identify? A Bird on Every Tree, coming this fall from Nimbus Publishing’s Vagrant Press, is a collection of stories that explore the problem of situating ourselves, globally and spiritually, between what’s known and what’s unknown, what feels safe and what feels dangerous.

Meanwhile, what’s up for 2016? Some writing, I hope, and more readings. Here are two upcoming events: The Lorenzo Reading Series, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, 7:00pm April 7, 2016, and an author’s talk at the Women’s Art Association in Toronto, May 11, 2016. New short-story collection coming in Fall 2017 from Nimbus/Vagrant! Books …

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Dear Readers

These Good Hands has been in bookstores for a while now and those who’ve read it have lots of great things to say. Just what a writer wants to hear! The novel has been recommended by CBC Ottawa’s regular Book Panel, the Toronto Star and the Halifax Chronicle Herald, and I’ve had a busy few …

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Coming this April

These Good Hands, a novel inspired by the life of French sculptor Camille Claudel, centres on the artist’s final days in Montdevergues asylum. Ten years in the making, my latest book is the product of extensive research into traditional sculptural practice, the infancy of modern mental healthcare and Vichy rule of occupied France. All this …

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