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• My conversation with concert pianist James Rhodes about his memoir, Instrumental, for the LA Review of Books.

• Jared Young talks to me about his debut novel, Into the Current, on the day of its launch, for The Puritan.

• My conversation with Guy Gavriel Kay about his new novel, Children of Earth and Sky, and the role of the fantastic in contemporary literature, at the LA Review of Books.

• My interview with Alissa York about her new novel, The Naturalist, is up at Hazlitt.

• The Umbrella Mender is now available as an eBook!

• A Pushcart Prize nomination, from The Austin Review, for “Salt”! I’m thrilled.

• Lynn Pickering, of 99.3 County FM, interviews me about The Umbrella Mender.

• My interview with Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk, is up at the LA Review of Books.

• There’s a thoughtful review of The Austin Review and my short story “Salt” in the most recent issue of The Review Review.

The Puritan Interview: Jared Young asks me smart questions about the novel’s genesis, process, and North stars.

In conversation with Ariel Gordon in advance of our event with Claire Caldwell and Alison Calder at McNally Robinson Books in Winnipeg on March 5.

• I’m heading to Austin, TX for a pair of book events! I’ll be at Malvern Books to give a reading from The Umbrella Mender on Feb 24, and at the launch party for The Austin Review on Feb 25 to read from a new short story, “Salt.” All information on the Events page.

• A new review of The Umbrella Mender from Laura Rock at The Ottawa Review of Books.

• If you missed the Ottawa Writers Festival, here’s a recap of my event with Monia Mazigh and Heather O’Neill.

• Nice list to be on: the Quill & Quire’s fiction gift guide, hand-picked by indie booksellers.

• What I read while I wrote: literary companions, interlocutors, mentors and time thieves, at 49th Shelf.

• Laurie Grassi asks me about the novel’s genesis, primum non nocere, and the unknowable North. Lost: Christine Fischer Guy’s The Umbrella Mender

CIUT Howl radio interview: Nancy Bullis interviews me along with poet Kayla Czaga and novelist Jesse Gilmour, November 18, 2014.

• I’m guest editor of the Afterword at the National Post the week of Nov 17, 2014: I am Jude, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5.

We’re in this barroom brawl together: I talk to Miriam Toews in the Los Angeles Review of Books about her new book, All My Puny Sorrows.

• All Lit Up features The Umbrella Mender: I fess up about lions, Loverboy, and the Sears catalogue. Meet my editor, Paul Vermeersch, too.

• The Oct 2014 Quill and Quire features The Umbrella Mender in a piece about cover design process: Cover to Cover with designer Marijke Friesen.

• Open Book Toronto asked me for twelve unexpected facts about myself. Here’s the blood-soaked tour of my Dirty Dozen.

• CBC Up North’s Jason Turnbull spoke with me about the story behind the novel, both personal and historical.

• The 49th Shelf features the trailer for The Umbrella Mender in their best-of Canadian book trailers.

• The Quill and Quire has featured The Umbrella Mender in their fall preview. I’m among literary heroes there. What an honour!

• The trailer for The Umbrella Mender is video of the week at Open Book Toronto!

• Sneak peak reading of The Umbrella Mender: I’ll giving a pair of readings July 26 and 27 as part of Parkdale’s Lab Cab festival in Toronto, both days at 2:30pm. Merchants and restaurants along Queen West between Dufferin and Roncesvalles are hosting the festival of performing and literary arts and I’ll be on Made You Look’s lovely rooftop patio. More information here.

• The Millions Interview: We Were Searching for a Reason. Claire Cameron and I talk bears, narrative constraints, and being bushed.

• Starting April 7, 2014: Creative Writing Through Reading (online) for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Want to study with me? Sign up here.

• Now on newsstands at your favourite bookseller: the latest issue of the art and medicine journal Ars Medica, featuring anexcerpt of my new novel The Umbrella Mender. Check it out!

• A new podcast: I put Shelagh Rogers in the guest chair for my Project Bookmark interview. Listen here.

• Award news: my Eighteen Bridges profile of Chelsea Vowel, aka âpihtawikosisân, earned a Silver medal at the National Magazine Awards in the Society category. Read it here.

• A new curated video essay for Ryeberg.com, Story of the Land, with a song by âpihtawikosisân.

• First reading of 2013: January 17 at The Common in Toronto, as part of the Amazing New Stuff series. Three readers and a musician in a cozy cafe. The fun gets underway at 7:30pm.

• Launching December 11, 2012, 7pm at Novel Idea in Kingston: Writing at Wintergreen, an anthology edited by Helen Humphreys. It includes my short story “Exile,” written at the sublime Wintergreen Studios. Hope to see you there!

• Now on newsstands at your favourite bookseller: Descant 157, featuring an excerpt of The Umbrella Mender, my new novel. It’s keeping company with Gaudi-inspired artwork by Kyle Stewart, photographic re-imaginings of potholes from Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano, graphic art from Mara Sternberg, and poetry from Blaise Moritz and Kathryn Mockler. Check it out!

• Coming soon: The Umbrella Mender. I’m thrilled to report that my debut novel has been sold to a new literary imprint of Wolsak & Wynn and will appear in 2014. For more information, check the Novel page.

• An interview on motivation with journalist Nate Hendley, here: http://motivatetocreate.com/

• Check out Ryeberg.com, Erik Rutherford’s curated video project, for my video essay Sanatoriums of the Mind

• February 17, 2011, University of Waterloo reading: I’ve been invited by my alma mater to be part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. I’ll be reading with fellow alumni Carrie Synder, Marcy Italiano, and Dr Sarah Tolmie at THE MUSEUM, 10 King St. W, 3rd Floor, Kitchener, ON, 7:30 pm.

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