Incomparable Wayson – Ontario Writers’ Conference

It’s time, once again, for the Ontario Writers’ Conference planning committee to switch into high gear. One of my favourite times of the year!

While we get busy planning the 2012 conference, take a moment to watch the incomparable Wayson Choy (Author of the Jade Peony & Not Dead Yet) speak at our 2011 conference. Wayson has been the Ontario Writers’ Conference Honorary Patron since the inaugural conference of 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw-EENCvv0c&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

You can check out all the OWC video and pictures at the OWC website!

http://www.thewritersconference.com – Click on the PHOTOS & VIDEOS tab. There, you will find video featuring our past speakers – including Robert J. Wiersema, Andrew Pyper, Dwayne Morgan, Robert J. Sawyer & more!

The 2012 Ontario Writers’ Conference will take place in Ajax on Saturday May 5th, 2012. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details. We’ll be announcing speakers, workshops, etc, as they are arranged.

A Jeff Buckley Kind of Day…

I don’t know why, but every once in a while I just get the feeling that it’s a JEFF BUCKLEY kind of day.

Every once in a while I get melancholy over Buckley’s death. I wonder what music we lost forever the day he went for a fully clothed swim in the Wolf River in Tennessee and never came out. His voice kills me, as do his lyrics. He was such a huge talent and we lost him before we really saw what he was capable of.

Where would he be now?

R.I.P. Jeff

(A poem I wrote for Buckley a few years ago)

That was so Real (for Jeff Buckley, who left us wanting)

And the muddy river filled his lungs,
Lay claim to the manic voice you loved,
Cracked the illusion
Of his almost crystal vision.
His hair, how it swirled
In muddy pirouettes
On the babbling surface,
Mimicking his life in static dance,
Softly tumbling with the river’s breath—
Spot-lit from above
As tears floated down
To mar the imagined last refrain.
And under the lilac tree you’ll find him,
That crystal vision still intact,
Within its branches—sweet and heady,
His mystic voice will one day rise.

In Which I Announce My Book Launch at Blue Heron Books!

It’s official!

Summer on Fire will officially launch on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th at 10:00AM.

Launch Pad: The über cool BLUE HERON BOOKS in Uxbridge, Ontario

My book launch falls right in the heart of Uxbridge’s annual CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS festival. September is always a good month to head up to Uxbridge. Their artistic community is amazingly vibrant. For those heading to Blue Heron for my book launch, I’m sure you’ll find some amazing things going on in town…enough to make a day of it.

This is my debut novel, so to say I’m nervous about the launch would be an understatement. But I’m also excited. I hope to see a LOT of people show up. I’m thrilled that Shelley has invited me to launch the book in her bookstore. I don’t get the opportunity to go there as often as I would like, but it is by far my favourite bookstore. To spend a few hours there, celebrating the launch of my very own novel–amazing experience. I can’t believe how fortunate I am.

I hope to see you there!

Here’s a synopsis of the book, along with the cover, just in the off chance you have yet to witness them:

Summer On Fire

Zach Carson is a loyal friend. But is loyalty enough to keep best friends together when one of them sets fire to the rural barn they use as the local hangout? 

Zach, Jeff Barsell and Arnie Wilson struggle to pick up the pieces when news spreads that a body was discovered in the burnt out shell of the neighbouring home. When the word murder is used by the local police, the stakes grow even higher. When the police start searching for their most likely suspect—none other than Jeff’s older brother, and nemesis, Marty Barsell—the boys decide to join forces and come up with a way to prove his innocence.

But just how innocent is Marty Barsell? When Marty admits to being at the scene of the crime, the three friends enlist the help of Zach’s annoying sister, Sherry, as well as the sympathetic town eccentric, Ms. Halverton. But can they keep it together long enough to save Marty, and themselves, from imminent catastrophe? Summer on Fire is the story of friendships, and the lines we are asked to cross in order to keep them.

Please come out to Blue Heron on September 24th (10AM-Noon) and help me celebrate one of the most exciting events of my life! Your presence is requested. (-:

 

Book Reviews – Try This Book

Just a quick post to let you know I’ve started a book review blog. I’ve been following them and reading them for a couple of years now and always wanted to try it out myself. The first review is up and I’ll be posting the next in a couple of days. Reading an amazing new YA that I can’t wait to review! You can find the review blog here:

TRY THIS BOOK ON FOR SIZE

Feel free to FOLLOW the blog. (-: