Various things: Short Story Roundtable at 49th Shelf, Blue Coffee Reading Series

I’ve been at work revising and finalizing stories for the fall publication of my short fiction collection Debris, and fixing the mistakes of 2011 Hardcastle before getting into the real edits of In the Cage, the novel that is to follow (both from Biblioasis). Other than that, I’ve nothing real exciting publishing-wise to offer, but there are two things worth looking into for interested folks…

49th Shelf

A couple weeks ago 49th Shelf put out a roundtable discussion on the State of the Canadian Short Story, and I was one of the authors that their excellent editor Kerry Clare asked to be part of it. Other than my ravings, there are very smart things said on the topic by Doretta LauMatthew J. TraffordMegan ColesLisa Bird-Wilson, and Andrea Routley. These are all writers that excel at writing short fiction, and are passionate about the place and importance of the short story in our national literature, and in literature as a whole. If you didn’t read it yet, you can get into it by clicking this whole line that is a link to the discussion. Thanks to everyone who recommended it already on the social media, and special thanks to Kerry.

Blue Coffee Reading Series

The only other thing I got is that I’ll be doing a reading at the Blue Coffee Reading Series on March 23rd, in Toronto. The series is founded and run by my friend/colleague Mindi St. Amand, who I’ve known just shy of twenty years, or ever since me and her brother would gather with other classy people for Midland Friday and Saturday night cultural fun times. The readings are at The Magpie, around Dundas and Bathurst (for Toronto familiars), and all of the necessary information can be found by clicking this line and the link to the facebook posting. It should be relatively hilarious, and I will read something awful. Come by and bring your green hat.

That is it. I will tell you more when there is some more to tell.


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