Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A new espresso chapbook

We (meaning Rebecca Comay, Bernard Kelly and myself) have just published a new chapbook under our espresso imprint. Fan Wu's 'Hoarfrost & Solace' is a beautiful and fascinating sequence, a series of translations from the Chinese that move farther from the original with each iteration. You can read more about it (and order it, if you like) at our website:

Friday, June 3, 2016

What I'm Reading #1

"There was something scary about watching an adult sleep. It was as if no one at all were in charge of the world." Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale

Monday, May 9, 2016

National Magazine Awards

"My Father's Picasso," a story published in 'Geist,' has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Other fiction nominees include Russell Smith
, Zsuzsi Gartner, and Elizabeth Harvor. You can see all the National Magazine Award nominees at

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sudbury Reading Town!

I'm excited to be heading to Sudbury for the bilingual Reading Town literary festival. And honoured that the fest has chosen "Mr. Zinger's Hat" as the book to be read by the entire city--at the same time! I'll be seeing a student play based on the book, visiting schools, and...marching in a parade! Who says being an author means sitting alone at a desk?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Grade One Book Giveaway Tour

At this very moment I'm travelling across the country with illustrator Dusan Petricic to celebrate the TD Grade One Book Giveaway program. Over 500,000 copies of "Mr. Zinger's Hat" are being distributed to every grade one student in the entire country. We've been to St. John's, Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia and we're on our way to Charlottetown, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. Thanks to everyone involved for making this happen.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Come say hi at the Toronto Word on the Street

In case you haven't heard, Word on the Street is going to be at the Harbourfront Centre this year--on Sunday, Sept. 27. It should be a lot of fun. I'm going to be at the TD Children's Literature Tent at 12:50 p.m. I'll be reading "Mr. Zinger's Hat" in celebration of the TD Grade One Book Giveway. (This fall every grade one student in the country will be given a copy of the book--that's 600,000 copies.) It's my understanding that there will be free copies of the book available, so come get one!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

'The Show to End All Shows' a finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award

Awfully nice to learn this morning that The Show to End all Shows is up for the John Spray Mystery Award, administered by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. The novel is the sequel and conclusion to "Master Melville's Medicine Show,"
the story that began with The Boy in the Box. The winner will be announced at the centre's big do on November 18, but in the meantime I look forward to digging into the books of some of the other finalists.