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“So this is what it feels like…”

I know. I said I was going to blog more often, and then what happens? Here’s what I’m going to do: I’m setting my calendar to remind me about the blog every week. Too ambitious? Maybe, but some days I may simply post a picture or two, or just write a little mini-blog. My pledge […]

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Deconstructing Alice

Really excited about this: on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at my favourite bookstore, McNally Robinson, I’ll be in conversation with the amazing writer & editor Warren Cariou, and one of my favourite journalists, Joanne Kelly, talking about The Evolution of Alice, my first novel, and how it all came to be.

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Here comes 2016, there goes 2015.

New Year’s Resolution: write more blog posts. I say that a lot. So, I think it’s reasonable to endeavour to write one per month. That’s what I’m going to shoot for. The whole resolution thing is funny to me, although I do take part in it, so I don’t have enough of an issue with […]

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The Biggest Book Club – article in The Uniter

The Uniter had a great article in their paper about The Evolution of Alice and its winning On The Same Page 2016. The Uniter is the University of Winnipeg’s paper, which is nice because it’s my alma mater. On The Same Page is Manitoba’s biggest book club, and it tries to get all Manitobans reading, […]

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A Good Year for The Evolution of Alice

Hello all, It’s been a long time since my last post. No excuse. I’ll be better at this. But now seems like a good time to do an update, because there’ve been some amazing things happening for “The Evolution of Alice.” Earlier this year, at the Manitoba Book Awards, after being nominated for four awards, […]

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Finding the Stories in Tales from Big Spirit

At first glance, it might seem easier to write a graphic novel based on something that has happened rather than to create an original story. You don’t have to make up characters or incidents or create worlds. When writing nonfiction, the people and places and events are all laid out like a tantalizing Sunday brunch […]

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“Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story” is here!

Well, after a lot of hard work, and not just by me but the entire team, including my man Scott B. Henderson, Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story launched on June 2, 2015 at McNally Robinson Booksellers (which is the best bookstore in the world). I was honoured to have my friends, Rosanna Deerchild and Katherena […]

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Dust to Dust

Last week I attended an event called “Wine & Words,” an annual event that supports Theatre By The River. For the last three years, I’ve been asked to submit a new piece of writing as one of the event’s featured writers. The last two years I submitted excerpts from “The Evolution of Alice,” my first […]

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A Great Night at the Manitoba Book Awards!

The last time I attended the Manitoba Book Awards, in 2013 at the West End Cultural Centre, I’d been nominated for three awards, including Best Book for Young People. It was a fantastic experience. And I learned that the cliches associated with awards ceremonies were true. It was just an honour to get nominated, for example. […]

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The Importance of School Visits

Yesterday I visited a school in Winnipeg called Ecole Leila North Community School. It was their “treaty days” and they’d had a number of great speakers like my friend Kevin Lamoureux. I had the opportunity to speak to two groups of students, and in each group there were around thirty or so students. One of […]

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