"A girl was never ruined by books," my mother used to say. I've spent most of my life trying to prove that wrong.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I Read...

I'll go into more detail later, but here are a couple of interesting (and extremely different) books I read over the last few months:

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
From the Library Journal: "Every now and again a literary work changes the way people think. Abulhawa...has crafted a brilliant first novel about Palestine... [This] intensely beautiful fictionalized history... should be read by both politicians and those interested in contemporary politics.”
Every now and again a literary work changes the way people think. Abulhawa...has crafted a brilliant first novel about Palestine... [This] intensely beautiful fictionalized history... should be read by both politicians and those interested in contemporary politics.”  - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/mornings-in-jenin-9781608190461/#sthash.6cgzRfTl.dpuf
“Every now and again a literary work changes the way people think. Abulhawa...has crafted a brilliant first novel about Palestine... [This] intensely beautiful fictionalized history... should be read by both politicians and those interested in contemporary politics.” –  Library Journal - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/mornings-in-jenin-9781608190461/#sthash.6cgzRfTl.dpuf


Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
A novel about Rwanda which won the Bellwether Prize, awarded biennially by Barbara Kingsolver for an unpublished novel that addresses issues of social justice.

And for something completely different

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A romantic comedy featuring an oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor,   as he seeks true love.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

More Book Talk Coming up, Now That I've Got a Lot of Book Work Done

This morning I sent off a draft of my new non-fiction book Road through Time to a publisher who seems interested in it.  What a great feeling!

Reading it over for one last time before I let it go, I was rather pleased with what I've done.  Will be interesting to see what the publishing guys say.

This last couple of weeks I've also beeing working revisions and copyreading proofs of my novel River Music, which should be available in mid-May.  That, too, was a very interesting experience, as it had been more than a year since I'd read it.  Marc Côté at Cormorant Books had done an excellent job in editing it, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good the book was--like reading somebody else's work!

So now that things are more or less back to normal, I'll be posting more often.  My work schedule hasn't kept me from reading other things, so I've a great backlog of comments on books to share.

The photo, by the way, is of the Andes, taken on my research trip to South America a year and a half ago.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Preview of What's Coming: River Music

Here's the cover for my new novel River Music, scheduled to be published by Cormorant Books this spring.

I'll be talking about the long road that got me to this point on at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Roxboro Public Library, 110 Rue Cartier, Montréal, QC H8Y 1G8.

There are a limited number of places, so to reserve contact the library at: 514) 684-8247.