Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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3. "Is it autobiographical? At all?” they say.

In addition to buying my book, people I know are now reading it. My co-workers and friends are a bit surprised about some of the language and the adult content in my coming-of-age story. “Do you know that there are a lot of bad words in your book?” someone at the office asked the other day. I nodded. “Did you put them there?” he said. I wanted to blame the salty language on my publisher, as I did when my mom commented on the “F” and “C” words in the book (sorry Marc Côté, but my mom thinks you’re a potty mouth and a bad influence. I am not allowed to invite you to my next birthday party.)

How do you reconcile the writer with the written word? I am a slightly formal, middle-aged lawyer. I write about teenaged drug dealers. This is confusing to people. I think some of them suspect that I have a past that I have successfully covered up.

The publicist noted that my biography was too bland for a writer of such dark fiction (her words, not mine). She raised an eyebrow and waited for me to confess. Apparently, writing a novel makes people think that you have an interesting personal story, a naughty one preferably.

So when they ask if it is true, I say, “God, I wish.”

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Beverley Stone

Beverley Stone grew up in outport Newfoundland before moving to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. Her first novel, No Beautiful Shore, is published by Cormorant Books (2008).

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