Four Events Down, One To Go


Brent van Staalduinen, yours truly, Teri Vlassopolous at The Bookshelf in Guelph, Ontario (photo courtesy of Teri Vlassopolous)

It’s been a busy week, but a good one, with events in Peterborough, Ottawa, Guelph, and Toronto. I’ve had the good fortune of doing all these launches with fellow Invisible author Brent van Staalduinen (Saints, Unexpected), and we were joined in Peterborough and Guelph by the wonderful Teri Vlassopolous (Escape Plans). A big, warm thanks to everyone who came out, who listened to our readings, said hello, bought books, and said kind things. When you only come out of hiding every so often, it’s nice to be greeted by nice people. I’d also be remiss if I failed to thank Janette Platana, who joined us in Peterborough, and Phoebe Wang, who graced us with her presence in Toronto. Thanks to the venues, too, who were uniformly welcoming.

Only one more event currently scheduled, but it’s a good one: Authors for Indies is tomorrow, April 30, and I’ll be at Books and Company in Picton, Ontario from 1:00 until 4:00 making recommendations, and happy to chat, so think about stopping by if you’re in the area. Also there will be Invisible’s publisher, Leigh Nash, who’s actually a poet in real life, and poet/editor Andrew Faulkner.  Come by, say hello, and if things are slow we can go next door to Miss Lily’s, have a coffee, and talk baseball and books.

That about wraps up this round of launches and appearances, but I expect there will be more events to follow through the summer. Look for info here.

Upcoming Events

Spring means new books means venturing out into public. I’m scared. Come and ease my fears at these events:

4/22/2016: Peterborough launch of The Utility of Boredom, with Brent van Staalduinen, others TBA, The Garnet, 7:00-9:30

4/28/2016: Toronto launch of The Utility of Boredom, with Brent van Staalduinen, Phoebe Wang, The Holy Oak Cafe

4/30/2016: Authors for Indies, Books and Company, Picton, Ontario

5/13/2016: Peterborough launch of Andrew F. Sullivan’s Waste, also featuring Ian Rogers, The Garnet, 8:00-10:30

There’ll be others, too — Ottawa? Guelph? Kingston? Montreal? Buffalo? Brooklyn? Vancouver? — but those listed above are as yet the only confirmed ones. Stay tuned.

Prose in the Park

I’ll be in Ottawa to take part in Prose in the Park on June 6. I’ll be reading from What You Need at 5:00, but there’s plenty to take in all day long, and the weather looks promising. The Carleton Tavern is right next door, too, so there’s a fair-to-good chance you’ll find me there immediately before and/or after I read. Oh, and Invisible Publishing will be among the vendors on hand. Come, hear readings, watch panel discussions, buy books, say hello.



I’ll be in the (actual) foothills this coming weekend, visiting family, attending parties, gazing upon the Rockies’ majesty, and holding yet another launch party, this time in Calgary, at Loft 112. I’ll probably read from “In the Foothills,” as it’s set in and around Cowtown. I’ll have books for sale, too. If you’re nearby and have no long weekend plans, it’d be lovely to see you.