Coming September 16


The Opening Sky is a sharply observed, unflinching portrait of the middle class in the 21st century. A beautiful, harrowing book.” – Don Gillmor, author of Mount Pleasant.

“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.

Published by McClelland and Stewart, available for preorder now. Please note the revised release date.

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Why we write what we write


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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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 launch of The Opening Sky on October 7. This event was originally advertised for August, but publication has been  delayed a few weeks to put a new cover in place. The Opening Sky will be on the shelves September 16, and on October 7 . . . we will party!

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Advance copies for bloggers

Interested in an advance copy of The Opening Sky?

Are you a professional reader — a journalist, book blogger, or academic?  Electronic galleys of The Opening Sky and other forthcoming titles are available through NetGalley. Contact Lindsey Reeder at


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Happy Birthday, Mary

21 May 2014. Lots of people e-mailed me today, excited to see Mary Anning in the Google Doodle.

Mary Anning's 215th Birthday

When you make the Google Doodle, I think you can say you’ve made it!

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