Hugh at the centre: an Italian cameo pin


Readings & Festivals…

This summer I’ll be at the Festival of Words in Moose Jaw, July 14-16

I’m teaching Historical Fiction at U of T Summer Writing School, July 10-14

The Shoe Project, Canmore, AB, June 24

Reading from Lincoln in the Bardo with George Saunders, Calgary Wordfest, May 9

Madeleine Thien interview, St Albert StarFest, April 29

U of A/MacEwan University joint writer- in-residence reading, with Jaspreet Singh, March 17

Hudson Story Fest, October 20

Reading with Alissa York, Edmonton, October 19

Sunshine Coast Writers Festival, Sechelt, BC, August 11-15

Panel discussion with Greg Hollingshead, Nino Ricci and Alissa York, Harbourfront June 17

…and a while ago, missing in patches:

CLOSE TO HUGH longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

Kingston Writers Festival

Saturday, September 26, 9-11 pm:  Saturday Night SpeakEasy
Sunday, September 27, 3:30-5 pm:  Reading Women, Biscotti & Books

Lorenzo Reading Series
Thursday, September 24, 7 pm:  UNB Saint John, Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre
Wednesday, September 23, 8 pm:  UNB Fredericton, Dugald Blue Auditorium in Marshall D’Avray Hall
Tuesday, September 22, 7 pm:  St Mary’s University, Loyola 170, 923 Robie Street, Halifax

Readings in Newfoundland
Writers Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador
Reading Sunday, September 20, 8 PM
at Cox and Palmer Second Space, LSPU Hall, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Reading Thursday, September 17, 7 PM
Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook


earlier readings…

CLOSE TO HUGH launch, Edmonton, Audrey’s Books, 2 pm Sunday, May 24
in conversation with Jacqueline Baker

HUGH on the Eh! List at the North York Public Library, 7 pm Wednesday, May 27
in conversation with Alissa York

and at the Bookshelf Café, Guelph, 7 pm Thurday, May 28

CLOSE TO HUGH at the St Albert Public Library,  2 pm Sunday, May 31
with Jacqueline Baker again—we’ve got a lot to talk about…

Marina Endicott & Guy Vanderhaeghe
Calgary Wordfest Event, June 1, 2015 7 pm, Dutton Library

CLOSE TO HUGH at McNally Robinson
in Winnipeg, 7 pm Monday, June 8 with Debbie Patterson
and in Saskatoon, 7 pm Tuesday, June 9, with Connie Gault

talking about HUGH online: Toronto Public Library Book Buzz, Thursday, June 4

CLOSE TO HUGH at the Bayfield Festival, June 18, 2 PM

I’ll be at the Elephant Mountain Festival in Nelson, BC on Saturday, July 11
onstage with Kate Pullinger and Bob Bossin

Events and workshops…

I will be teaching Historical Fiction at the University of Toronto’s Summer Writing School
July 13-17, 2015

Other pieces…

Brick Magazine, Childhood books: Terrible, Horrible Edie,” My most formative and beloved childhood book, in my most formative and beloved magazine.

The Policeman’s Wife, some letters,” Mayerthorpe poems, in Numero Cinq, July 2011.

“Eden in Alberta,” with Matteo Pericoli, the New York Times, June 4, 2011.

New Year’s Eve, an adult literacy book for Good Reads Canada.

On E.H. Young’s Miss Mole,” from Writer’s Choice, on the venerable normblog. Other writers’ choices can be found here.

The Fine Art of Basking,” a chain story in the National Post, August 12, 2011.


Little pieces…

Hiveblog, a UK booksellers site, asked me to do five guest blogs this month:

1. Displaywriter I wouldn’t be a writer at all if it weren’t for the IBM Displaywriter, a word-processing system used by the Canadian government in the early 80s.

2. Life into Art In my twenties I lived in London, trying to break into theatre, full of passionate intensity. Strangely believe it, the English theatre lacked all conviction that it ought to be impressed…

3. Razzle Dazzle I’ve been living in vaudeville for some time now, the pinkish gaslight gleam of early vaudeville, known as Polite Vaudeville.

4. Writing the War I intended the The Little Shadows to be a vaudeville romp. I wanted to sashay around onstage and make jokes and have a good time for a change.

5. The Quality of the Failure “Half the time I fail to do it on the first trial, but by means of a lot of little extra comedy turns following the failure, I usually succeed in making my audience believe my failure is intentional.”


Practice alone before a mirror, then before one or two of your friends,
and ask them to tell you of any faults they see in your work.

Frederick LaDelle, How to Enter Vaudeville



Eric Forbes’s Book Addict interview

Ten Terrifying Questions, Booktopia

Good Reading Magazine, Australia

Writer’s Pet

Marita Dachsel’s writing mothers blog, All Things Said & Done

rob mclennan’s 10 or 20 questions


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