Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

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A Book Launch Tale - Taking The Ice - Success Stories from the World of Canadian Figure Skating

Well...although it was 2 weeks ago, it feels like the launch was just yesterday for my first book Taking the Ice - Success Stories from The World of Canadian Figure Skating. (

A Dream Come True

On a recent Friday morning, my publisher Robert Morgan of BookLand Press and I had the good fortune to pay a visit to Webcom Inc. to watch my book Taking the Ice roll off the line. I cannot tell you what a thrill it was and have the good people there to thank for the amazing tour.

Just One More Thing Before I Go....

This is my final day as WIR for Open Book Toronto and I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed the experience!

Before I go, I want to make mention of a new book coming out from BookLand Press called ‘Canadian Voices, Volume 2’. It is an anthology comprising the work of 86 authors from across Canada. What I really like about it is the fact that it not only contains the work of established writers like Jasmine D’Costa it also showcases the work of brand new authors.

Writers and Writing - Randy Starkman

For those of you involved in or aware of the world of sports, especially in Toronto,you will likely be well acquainted with the name Randy Starkman. Aside from working as a sports journalist responsible for the Olympic sports' beat for The Toronto Star, he is also an author with three books to his credit.
A Toronto native, Randy started out in the journalism program at Ryerson but left it in his second year when he was offered a full-time position at United Press Canada where he had been covering sports on the weekends part-time.

New Under the Sun

New Under the Sun was the third of the three books that I decided I would read and write about as part of my term as WIR for Open Book Toronto. The author is Newfoundlander and Governor General’s Literary Award Winner, Kevin Major whose passion for his home province is relayed in every word. This was a book I could really sink my teeth into. It offers the reader the chance to uncover the many layers of a place through the eyes of characters situated at different points in history.

The Power of One

It’s funny that a conversation on Skype this morning with one of the 2 daughters I have travelling in Africa would so clearly bring into focus something I have been thinking of since yesterday.

Only on Elizabeth Street

I have spent more than my fair share of time in hospitals with my Mom who is a "repeat offender" (her term) in the cancer department. Back at the hospital yesterday, we shared with our nurses an episode from one of our medical adventures that took place in the not too distant past. My mother has always maintained that laughter is the best medicine - she should know.

“Take one tablet and if you vomit within an hour, take another tablet.” I am paraphrasing but only a little.

What kind of craziness is this? I mean: as if having cancer and chemo weren’t bad enough, it is suggested on official instructions for your prescription medication that you take another run at a pill that has made you barf your brains out once already!

Understanding the Message with Braden Wright

It was a chance meeting and a casual conversation about promotion that gave me the idea to contact Braden Wright for this piece. The Toronto native has spent the last 16 years in Los Angeles working in and around Hollywood in a number of different ways. He is perhaps best known for his work as the Unit Publicist for 24 feature films. His first movie, which he says was a fantastic experience, was the Academy Award winning film Moonstruck starring Cher and Nicholas Cage. Nothing like starting at the top of your field! He also spent 10 years with the Disney Company as a photo editor.

Is it Worth it?

Deciding to head to the cottage on this past Monday afternoon wasn’t ever the problem, making it happen was the tricky part. My oldest friend in the world, Debbie, tries to convince me every year of the benefits of spending a few days at her cottage. She always starts out by saying “You need a break and being up at the cottage would be the perfect escape.” Sounds good in theory, but theory is all it ever is.

We have known each other since childhood and have been in almost daily contact for the last 30 years or so. As such, there are no secrets – including the fact that I would never be mistaken for “outdoorsy”.

Writing and Writers and the Process - Paul Dore

Paul Dore is a Toronto area writer whose name you might not have heard yet – but you will. I sat down with him recently to talk about writing and what has inspired him to continue to move towards publishing his first novel.

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