Monthly Archives: November 2012

Walls makes the ‘Globe 100’ list

Thank you to the editors of The Globe and Mail’s “Books” section for naming Walls: Travels Along the Barricades to their roster of the top 100 books of 2012. Walls shares the nonfiction list with 42 other books including titles by Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens, Alain de Botton and Nahlah Ayed. And I’m especially happy to […]

November 23

“Wrapped in Chains”

Montreal blogger Mercedes Sharpe Zayas wrote an excellent essay about the l’Acadie fence on the website, Petite Mort. The post, titled “Wrapped in Chains,” recounts both the history of the fence and the community that erected it. She also discusses what, if anything, the fence represents. Again, I am amazed that a decades-old “feeble relic,” […]

Walls Excerpt in Reader’s Digest

If you open the current Reader’s Digest Canada – alongside “the most optimistic, tear-jerking, inspiring, unexpected, hilarious, brilliant and disarming moments of the year” – you’ll find a long excerpt from Walls: Travels Along the Barricades. The good people at RD did an excellent job piecing together different sections of Walls into a concise narrative […]

Walls on the Radio

Here are links to a couple of radio interviews I did recently about Walls: Travels Along the Barricades. The first comes from CBC’s “Daybreak Alberta.” Host Russell Bowers and I talked about the book and about a short piece I wrote about fruit flies for the Canada Writes website. You can find the interview here. […]

November 19

Why I Voted for Chris Turner

Last weekend, at an advance poll, I cast a ballot in the Calgary Centre federal by-election. I voted for Chris Turner of the Green Party. I want to tell you why. I was born in Calgary. It is the only city I’ve ever lived in and the only home I know. Not long ago, however, […]

November 16

“Bored of the Flies”

My story about how fruit flies killed my childhood affection for science can be found on CBC’s Canada Writes page here. Apparently, the University of Calgary’s Biology department discontinued the “fly lab” not long after my graduation. Bastards.

November 15

Travel Writing Workshop in Vancouver

Hello all. This month in Vancouver – in addition to my reading/discussion event with Carol Shaben and Deborah Campbell – I will be teaching a travel writing workshop. “The Art of Travel Writing” is part of Geist Magazine’s ‘Fall Workshop Series.’ The workshop runs on the afternoon of November 25th. For details and registration information, […]