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SHIMMER REPORT Montreal launch POSTER


A heart-felt endorsement…

shy anthologyWrote Eve Krakow, one of the contributors to the Shy Anthology, to its editors (and she gave me permission to quote this), “…I too have been reading through the anthology and I’m amazed at how much I recognize myself in these stories and poems. It is something of a revelation. Maybe I’ve read stories with this character type before, but it’s quite different to have a whole book of them. Wow. Thanks for putting this together!”
You couldn’t imagine a more heart-felt endorsement than that.  Eve, Jeff Miller and I are organizing the anthology’s Montreal launch on Nov.  11 (this comment of hers was part of our five-way correspondence.)
Details of the launch in the post below.

Shy: An Anthology

shy anthologyI just received a copy of Shy: An Anthology, published by The University of Alberta Press.  It’s a beautiful book — I love the cover — and one of my poems happens to be inside. It’s a very personal confession called “Women Friends” that I was too shy to publish for over 25 years!  It’s good to see it finally find a print home.

There’s  good stuff in here:  poems by Don McKay, Steven Heighton, Lorna Crozier, Wayman Chan, Bruce Meyer, and others. Prose by Aritha Van Herk, Sydney Sharpe, Russel Wangersky, et al.

The Montreal launch will be taking place on Nov. 11 at 7pm, at The Depanneur Cafe, 208 rue Bernard Ouest. I’ll be reading selections of the anthology along with fellow Montreal contributors Jeff Miller and Eve Krakow.


Jocelyne Dubois’ World of Glass a finalist for the Paragraph Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

WorldOfGlass_Nov12-220x356My wife Jocelyne Dubois’s novel, World of Glass, is one of the finalists for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.

She’ll be taking part in a reading of all the QWF awards finalists on November 6, 6 pm at Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal.  The winners will be announced at the QWF Awards Gala on Nov. 19.  Details & ticket info are to be found at qwf.org.

Needless to say, we’ve been celebrating all day.