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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The 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 thrilled 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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Thin Air Winnipeg

The Winnipeg International Writers Festival has an amazing slate of writers this year, and I’m excited to be among them. My events are both on 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 after it hits the stores.

Mainstage- 7:30. MTYP.  I’ll be reading along with Caroline Adderson, who is launching Ellen in Pieces. Audrey Thomas – Local Customs. Denise Roig – Brilliant. Monia Mazigh – Mirrors and Mirages. Alison Pick – Between Gods. What a feast!


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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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