24 November 2014, Marina Endicott and I will be guests of the Manitoba Writers Guild’s In Dialogue reading series. Marina is the author of the wonderful novels Good to a Fault and The Little Shadows, and it will be a treat to have an on-stage conversation with her about the experience of writing both contemporary and historical fiction. Bailey’s Restaurant, 185 Lombard Ave. 7 PM. Tickets $10 at the door, or through the Manitoba Writers Guild at 204 944-8012.
November 18, 2014 – This morning, Thomas King was announced as the winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for his novel The Back of the Turtle. Warmest congratulations to Tom and the other winners.
In Ottawa a few weeks ago, friends gave me two big chocolate Gs at a celebratory dinner. The chocolate’s gone, but I’m still so happy that The Opening Sky was a finalist.
Sunday, November 16 2014. The annual fundraising dinner for the Manitoba Writers Guild will be held at Prairie Ink Restaurant. Music by classical guitar duo Skender Sefa and Michael Daher, and readings by Yann Martel, Alice Kuipers, John Toone, Aimee Craft and myself. Tickets are available here.
Last night at the Glen Gould Studio in Toronto, I was so honoured to be presented with the Engel/Findley Award from the Writers Trust of Canada. This is a prize for a writer in mid-career, based on their body of work. I am incredibly moved to have had my writing affirmed in this way. Warmest thanks to the Writers Trust and the jury, and to all the other winners. Check out a page of photos here.