Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

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It's my first post as OBT's Writer in Residence, and my first day back in Toronto after a week in Costa Rica. My partner Tim just kissed me goodbye as he left for work, and so begins my first moments alone after seven days of constant companionship.

But it's December, the month of lasts, not firsts: of conclusions, finality, and quiet reflection. It's a month of travelling, and particularly in our wide, ungainly country, a month of sitting around in airports. It's also the month of last-minute shopping.

So: lasts, air travel, and the holidays will be the themes of my residency here at OBT.

I've been encouraged to respond to emails and comments as much as possible, so I hope you, reader, will contact me. I offer excellent suggestions for last-minute dinners, advice on dealing with needy pets, and a sympathetic ear for troubled relationships. Email me at

Until tomorrow!

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Sachiko Murakami

Sachiko Murakami is the author of the poetry collections The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks, 2008), a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Rebuild (Talonbooks, 2011). She lives in Toronto.

Go to Sachiko Murakami’s Author Page