Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What I'm (Re-)Reading #3

"The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway. It's getting them wrong that is living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again. That's how we know we're alive: we're wrong." Philip Roth, American Pastoral.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A new chapbook...and a launch on Tuesday Sept. 27!

Our small press, espresso books, is launching a new title and it's my own 'What I Learned in Florida,' a series of brief essays about childhood. Drawings by Sophie Fagan. We're having a launch at Field Trip Cafe, 3 Westmoreland Ave. (Ossington subway stop). Tuesday Sept. 27 8 p.m. Why not join us? Here are some photos from the binding process as well as the just-finished book.
You can find out more (and order the book online, too) at

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A writing workshop...for kids!

I'll be giving a writing workshop for kids at the Lillian Smith Library in Toronto and it's free. Here are the details: Writing, Your Own Way 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on recurring dates listed below 90 mins Lillian H. Smith Would you like to try writing a story, a poem, or even something from real life? Join award-winning author Cary Fagan in a fun workshop that takes your writing seriously. With Cary's guidance you can write a story in the form of a letter, a haiku, or just go your own way. For children ages 8 to 12. Space is limited. Registration begins September 1st in the branch or by calling 416-393-7746. Sophie's Studio was created to support early literacy, creativity and writing skills in young children thanks to a bequest from long-time library lover and user Sophia Lucyk.

Friday, August 26, 2016

What I'm Reading # 2

"Not an unbeliever, sir, a free-thinker. Perhaps you've never thought about the difference. As a free-thinker I can believe what I like, when I like. I can commit you, in your sad situation, to the protection of God this evening, even though tomorrow morning I shan't believe he exists. As an unbeliever I should be obliged not to believe, and that's an unwarrantable restriction on my thoughts." Penelope Fitzgerald, The Beginning of Spring.

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