Ottawa International Writers Festival

I’m so pleased to have been invited to the Ottawa International Writers Festival, and I’m honoured to be reading with Elizabeth Renzetti (Based on a True Story) and Eliza Robertson (Wallflowers). Our event is called Before the Truth . . . “a conversation on the lies we tell ourselves and others: Lies of omission and convenience, of deception and self-preservation, and the lies required to tell the truth in fiction.”

Friday, October 24, Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar St. (at Elgin) at 6:30.

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GG finalists read at IFOA

Monday, 27 October 8 PM Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront - I’m honoured to be part of an evening at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, featuring authors shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction– Michael Crummey, Claire Holden Rothman, and Bill Gaston– as well as Linda Spalding and Drew Hayden Taylor.  Tickets are available on the IFOA website.

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Thanks for the party

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A huge thank you to everyone who came to McNally Robinson on Tuesday to celebrate the launch of The Opening Sky. Thanks to the Governor General’s Literary Awards people for spectacular timing! Thanks to our favourite bookstore and its events guy John Toews. Thanks to Sam Baardman for introducing me and for his usual wonderful pics. Thanks to friends and readers who made this an unforgettable week.

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A GG nomination!

I am so incredibly thrilled to see The Opening Sky on the shortlist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.  What a gift for the day of the book launch!  That amazing list is . . .  Sweetland by Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada); Juliet Was a Surprise by Bill Gaston (Hamish Hamilton); My October by Claire Holden Rothman (Penguin); The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King (HarperCollins); The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas (McClelland & Stewart)

Congratulations to Rick Chafe, another Winnipegger whose play The Secret Mask was shortlisted for Drama. You can read all the nominees here.

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Help Island becomes The Opening Sky

“Coming-of-age has a whole different meaning when the world is changing as fast as ours is . . .”

In this Q&A, Hubert O’Hearn asks me about the leap from reviewing to fiction, whether silence carries more meaning than words, and how close I came to realizing my dreams with The Opening Sky. You can read the whole thing in The Winnipeg Review.

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