October 01

Walls in Eden Mills and Kingston

Walls is over a year old now, and its promotional window (in Canada, at least) has long passed. Therefore, I was very grateful to be invited to a couple of excellent writers’ festivals last month.

At the charming Eden Mills Festival, I read alongside two food writers, Sarah Elton and Rose Murray. I also ate my share of home-baked pie and enjoyed a pre-reading shoulder massage. (Attention festival organizers elsewhere: writers love free massages!). Thanks to Eden Mills for the invitation.

The Kingston Writers Fest made me earn my keep. I gave a solo presentation from Walls to an audience that consisted largely of high school students. (In retrospect, I probably should have picked a less obscenity-drenched passage to read them.) I took part in a panel discussion called “News From Foreign Countries” alongside Glenn Dixon and Shyam Selvadurai – and ably moderated by Merilyn Simonds. Even though Glenn and I are both Calgarians, it took nearly five whole minutes before one of us mentioned Naheed Nenshi during the Q & A. This must be a new record in restraint. I also taught a “master class” in freelance magazine writing to a group of what I can only assume to be masochists.

Here are some images from Kingston (Thanks to Garrett Elliot):

Talking about "walls around the world" and dropping the occasional F-bomb for the kids.

Talking about “walls around the world” and dropping the occasional F-bomb for the kids.

On stage with Merilyn Simonds, Glenn Dixon and Shyam Selvadurai.

On stage with Merilyn Simonds, Glenn Dixon and Shyam Selvadurai.

My creepy reading-aloud face.

My creepy reading-aloud face.

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