Things could not be more frantic. Don’t I say that every week? I say that every week. Okay. Well, this time I truly mean it. Next week, I’ll be off to Japan to do a research trip for the new novel. New episodes of GET LIT will be airing every week though!
Part of the frenzy, besides day jobs and preparing for travel, is that it’s the International Festival of Authors this week. I’ve managed to check out some great events so far. On the weekend I checked out In Conversation with Chantel Acevedo and Amanda Earl; Poetry & Process with Ronna Bloom, Julie Cameron Gray and Anne Michaels; In Conversation with Antanas Sileika and Drew Hayden Taylor; Of Fathers and Sons with David Bouchet, David Layton and Pasha Malla. Monday was the Governor General’s Literary Award event with Alison MacLeod, Kathleen Winter, Joel Thomas Hynes, Michael Kaan and upcoming GET LIT guest Jocelyn Parr. Finally – for now, until the weekend – I checked out the 45th Anniversary event for Dundurn Press and In Conversation with Heather O’Neill (hosted by my pal Emily Saso). Back at it on Saturday, too!
This week’s show features something new – we start our book reviews on GET LIT! First up, Elizabeth Obermeyer from GritLit reviews Alison Pick‘s Strangers with The Same Dream. Our feature guest is Karen Smythe, whose This Side of Sad maaaaay have actually helped me figure out how to deal with major parts of my new novel. So listen in!