I want to take a moment to thank you for listening! The audience for the show keeps climbing as more people discover it. The reading list verges on unrealistic and it’s a good problem to have. Thanks for your interest!
Hey folks! Had a super reading in Windsor last week with some great local authors, hope to return in July. May even be venturing out to Montreal to read, if it can be worked out, so stay tuned.
Today’s show is with fellow Hamiltonian (though she lives in California now, we’ll still claim her residency!) Liz Harmer. She had a super launch here this past Sunday, great turnout. Her debut novel, The Amateurs, is wonderful, a lot of fun, and full of interesting ideas. Check out the program to hear more about it. Thanks!
The lifespan of a novel is still a mysterious thing to me. The little bumps that come along when someone goes on the CBC and mentions your work (thanks, Terra Lightfoot), or when some fella says something on a Facebook page, or when you get shortlisted for awards. This weekend I’ll be doing my part to sell one or two by traveling to Windsor, ON for a reading at Biblioasis. A great chance to meet up with my publisher/editor Aimee at Palimpsest too. Details below the show link!
Been busy with events lately – GritLit (which, despite the ice storm, garnered a healthy audience) and the Hamilton event for Michael Barclay who we featured on the show last week. Lots of reading to do, with plenty of great guests lined up for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I have my great days (1700 words on Tuesday!) and my crappy days (zero words yesterday!) but as always, I say, keep at it!
I could only hope to write a book like The Never-Ending Present.
I have been a music journalist for a quarter century (ouch). When I’m on, I’m on; I’ve been doing it long enough that I should be decent at it by now, so that’s not me being cocky. My article on Simply Saucer, Revelation Rock, was nominated for a National Magazine Award (I was beat by Macleans Magazine’s Brian D. Johnson, so I didn’t feel too bad – if you’re gonna lose, lose to someone as talented and experienced as that). Writing a rock book has always been of interest to me, but I’ve never made it happen. I was approached by ECW once, to write a Robbie Williams bio. For real. It didn’t happen because someone else had already done it. Robbie Williams for cryin’ out loud.
Anyway, point is, despite my experience, I could only hope to write a book as well-written, well-researched and well-rounded as Michael Barclay‘s The Never Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip. You don’t even have to be a Hip fan to read the book, that’s how engaging it is. Michael dropped into the studio this week, and it was fun to sit with a colleague and talk about the book, the band, and more.
(Also, for the record: the night of the final Hip show, I was watching it at a party, with food, a swimming pool, a fire, camping, etc…in the country…in the backyard of a house formerly owned by Neil Peart. CanRock Bonus + 10000 points).