Thin Air Winnipeg

The Winnipeg International Writers Festival has an amazing slate of writers this year, and I’m looking forward to being part of the audience all week– as well as being on stage for two events.

My events are both Tuesday, September 23. 

The Nooner – 12:15-12:45.  Carol Shields Auditorium, Winnipeg Millennium Library.  This will be my first chance to read from and talk about The Opening Sky since it went on sale.

Mainstage- 7:30. MTYP.  I’m thrilled to be part of a stellar line-up including Caroline Adderson, who is launching Ellen in Pieces. Miriam Toews, All my Puny Sorrows. Audrey Thomas – Local Customs. Monia Mazigh – Mirrors and Mirages. Alison Pick – Between Gods. What a feast!

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Book Launch

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October 77 PM at McNally Robinson’s, Grant Park Shopping Centre, Winnipeg.

If you live in Winnipeg or nearby, please come and help me celebrate the publication of The Opening Sky on October 7. We’re planning a great party.

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On the shelves September 16

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The Opening Sky is in the bookstores — how great to see a pic of this display at Book City on the Danforth in Toronto.

Catch my conversation with Ron Robinson on Pages, CKUW, Saturday, September 20, 7:45 or watch Shaw TV at noon Monday, September 22 for a spot with Tracy Koga filmed in Wolseley, the setting of the novel.

“I loved this book. It thrilled me with its fierce portrayal of how we strive and fail and sometimes even manage to love.”                       – Alissa York, author of Fauna 

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National Post picks The Opening Sky

The Afterword Reading Society is the National Post‘s Tuesday book forum, in which readers from across Canada weigh in on a book and pose questions to the author. (Weigh in on . . .  heck, they grade it!) All in good fun–and I’m delighted that The Opening Sky has been chosen as a featured title for late September.

If you’d like to get in on the action, score free books, and have your thoughts about them published in a national paper, sign on at The Afterword.

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Why we write what we write

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The Writers’ Blog Tour is an internet thread in which writers respond to 4 questions about their work, and then tag another writer who will do the same. I was tagged by Maurice Mierau, who has a new book coming out in the fall, an absorbing personal story about Maurice and his wife’s journey to adopt two brothers from an orphanage in Ukraine. I had the chance to read Detachment: An Adoption Memoir in manuscript, and was galvanized by the drama of Maurice and Betsy’s time in Ukraine, and by the seemingly arbitrary play of forces that ultimately created a new family.

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