Come to the party

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The Opening Sky will be officially launched at McNally Robinson’s, Grant Park Shopping Centre, Winnipeg. October 7, 2014, at 7 PM in the Atrium.

If you live in Winnipeg or nearby, please come and help me celebrate.

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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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The Opening Sky – On the shelves


The Opening Sky is in bookstores. This is a window at Book City on the Danforth in Toronto. I’m delighted that the book made the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Booksellers for its first week.

“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 

“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.


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National Post picks The Opening Sky

The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas

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 early October.

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


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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