Monthly Archives: August 2014

August 29

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 […]

August 26

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 […]

August 24

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 […]

“Gaza,” by Hala Alyan

A couple of years ago I had the great pleasure and honour of reading with Hala Alyan at an event in Ramallah. As a three-day truce between the IDF and Hamas is holding, and as Israeli ground forces leave the Strip, I hope – beyond all reason – that Hala’s words are the last I […]