Books of the year

It’s been great to see The Opening Sky popping up on best-books-of-2014 lists.

CBC Books — CBC’s round-up of favourites.

Vancouver Sun – “10 Great Novels of 2014″

Winnipeg Free Press — “The Best of the Bunch”

Metronews – Suggestions for adults on your Christmas list.

Writers Trust of Canada – A list of recommended books and prizewinners.

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How I Wrote It


CBC Books  talks to me about what it was like to write The Opening Sky. “To date, it’s her shortest novel and it took her the longest (four and a half years) to write. Thomas speaks with us about listening to her intuition and the inspirational treasure she found in one of her own short stories.”

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In Dialogue with Marina Endicott

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.

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Congratulations, Thomas King!


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.



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