Hugh at the centre: an Italian cameo pin


Latest Readings & Festivals…

Come to Denman Island Writers Festival July 19-22, 2018, for Caroline Adderson, Yasuko Thanh, Emily St. John Mandel—and me, too! 

Join me for an intensive week on Historical Fiction at U of T’s Summer Writing School, July 9-13, 2018

A reading at Books Actually bookshop in Singapore: with Helen Oyeyemi  April 19, 2018

Saskatchewan Writers Conference, Saskatoon, January 2018

Events and workshops…

I will be teaching Historical Fiction at the University of Toronto’s Summer Writing School
July 9-13, 2018

Other pieces…

Read online: a new short story, Lynch Law, in the Walrus Magazine

Brick Magazine, “Childhood books: Terrible, Horrible Edie,” Most formative childhood book, in most formative 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:

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

The fabulous Writer’s Pet interview with bonus photo of my dog.

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

rob mclennan’s 10 or 20 questions



The Festival of Words in Moose Jaw, July 14-16, 2017

Historical Fiction at U of T Summer Writing School, July 10-14, 2017

I ran the beautiful Shoe Project in Canmore, AB, May 30-June 24, 2017—the best workshop I can remember!

Reading from Lincoln in the Bardo with George Saunders, Calgary Wordfest, May 9, 2017

Madeleine Thien interview, St Albert StarFest, April 29, 2017

U of A/MacEwan University joint writer- in-residence reading, with Jaspreet Singh, March 17, 2017

Hudson Story Fest, October 20, 2016

Reading with Alissa York, Edmonton, October 19, 2016

Sunshine Coast Writers Festival, Sechelt, BC, August 11-15, 2016

Panel discussion with Greg Hollingshead, Nino Ricci and Alissa York, Harbourfront June 17, 2016

…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, 2015
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, 2015

CLOSE TO HUGH at the St Albert Public Library,  2 pm Sunday, May 31, 2015
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 2015 with Debbie Patterson
and in Saskatoon, 7 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2015, with Connie Gault

talking about HUGH online: Toronto Public Library Book Buzz, Thursday, June 4, 2015

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

Elephant Mountain Festival in Nelson, BC, Saturday, July 11, 2015
onstage with Kate Pullinger and Bob Bossin



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