Lives of the Prophets2 October 09

Song of the Caged Bird – an excerpt

Hazlitt Originals, the digital imprint of Penguin Random House who published my book Song of the Caged Bird: Words as Resistance in Palestine, have posted a couple of excerpts from the book on their website. Read them here.

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Song of the Caged Bird

Next week, my digital book Song of the Caged Bird: Words as Resistance in Palestine will be released and available for download. Thanks to the editors and designers at Hazlitt for putting together such a handsome ebook. For more about Song of the Caged Bird, see my dedicated blog page. I also started a Facebook […]

Figs September 26

The Long Journey of Nathan Phelps

On the stroke of midnight on his 18th birthday, Nathan Phelps left the abuse and tyranny of his father’s Westboro Baptist Church. Phelps’ journey from the WBC’s venomous preaching eventually led him away from God altogether. Now Phelps is an avowed and vocal atheist, and an advocate for gay rights. He is also a Calgarian. […]

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Iceland II: The Hanging Out with Writers Edition

Looks like I’ll be returning to Iceland, erupting volcanoes notwithstanding. Next spring, I will be a featured instructor at the Iceland Writers Retreat. I’ll join an international handful of writers – including Barbara Kingslover, Adam Gopnik, Ruth Reichl and fellow Canadians John Valiant and Alison Pick – in Reykjavic for a four-day program of workshops […]

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Optical Illusionists

My story about artificial eyes and the men and women who craft then appears in the current issue of Swerve Magazine. I can’t remember a magazine story I enjoyed researching as much as this one. I never would’ve guessed that the making of artificial eyes, or ‘ocularistry’, had such a fascinating history or that it […]

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One Book, One Calgary

I am pleased, and surprised, to announce that the Calgary Public Library has chosen Walls: Travels Along the Barricades as their 2014 ‘One Book, One Calgary’ selection. According to the OBOC website, the program is “designed to ignite community dialogue and enrich community connections through a shared reading experience.” I’m pretty sure this means that […]

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An Elegy to St. Andrew’s

While it has been several decades since I believed in the religion practiced within its walls, I couldn’t help but feel sad when I heard that Calgary’s former Italian church was up for sale. I wrote a short piece about the old church, and my family’s relationship to it, that appears in Swerve Magazine. The story […]


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