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The Art of the TV Show Recap

My first exposure to the 21st century art form known as the TV show recap came in 2003, on the ground-breaking website Television Without Pity (TWoP). Its motto: Save the Snark, Spoil the Network.

My show of choice that year was The O.C. I liked the show so much that I wanted to do more than just watch it; after an episode I wanted to hear what other people had to say about it. Since I worked at home, I had no office water cooler to gather around. So I went online and discovered TWoP. The fan forums could be amusing and illuminating – the level of viewer commentary tended towards intelligent snark, in keeping with the site’s sensibility – but the funny, well written, we-mock-because-we-love recaps of each episode were what brought me back to the site every week.

Something New: Where to eat now

A few weeks ago, the rockin’ and poppin’ newchoir I sing in backed up two of our soloists – triple threat performer Erin Tancock and Hello Canada! Editor-in-chief Alison Eastwood - singing the Nikki Yanofsky/Quincy Jones hit song Something New at our sold-out Koerner Hall concert.

Speaking of new things (how’s that for a smooth segue?), I’ve recently ventured into some new Toronto restaurants, and to my delight, found a few I want to return to.

When going out to eat, it’s all too easy to stake out a few favorite spots, become regulars there, and not try any place new. Especially when it seems like every other hotspot that opens is devoted to meat, offal, meat and meat. Served in tacos.

Comfort Food, Comfort Reading, Comfort Movie

My new novel The Oakdale Dinner Club is very food-centric – it’s about a group of suburbanites who get together once a month to eat good food, drink good wine, and do other wicked things.

One of the talking points for the novel – yes, like any trying-to-be-current author faking her way through a self-promotion campaign, I have talking points – is that I wrote it as an entertainment, a diversion, as “comfort food for the mind.”

So when I read that New York magazine critic Bilge Ebiri had called actor/writer/director Jon Favreau’s new movie Chef “a comfort movie about comfort food,” I had to go see it.

I'm So Hood: Toronto in Literature

The great and good Toronto Public Library recently introduced a cool new feature on their website.

Toronto in Literature: Book Lists by Neighbourhood gives info – with a convenient map – on published fiction in their collection that takes place in Toronto neighbourhoods. And woo-hoo! My mystery novel The Glenwood Treasure (published some years ago) is included on the list for books set in Rosedale.

A Day in the Life of a Launching Author: Then I Spot the Audience

Yesterday, I celebrated the first day of June and the first official day of my Open Book residency – hi y’all! – by appearing on the slate of a Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Books Authors' Brunch event at the King Edward Hotel.

Independent bookseller Ben McNally of the eponymous bookstore is a great friend to writers, publishers and readers alike, has a hilarious deadpan manner of speaking and an awesome white ponytail,

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