News | 2014

2014 Reading List

Fifty-two published books in 2014. By my math, that works out to one book per week. Okay, I didn't read them one per week, but it is nice sometimes when the math is elegant. My favourites this year include Douglas Coupland's JPod, Nancy Farmer's The Sea of Trolls, and Jonas Jonasson's The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Coupland is funny and rude and scattered and inspired and hilarious. Farmer wove a great story with (as much as I can tell) fairly solid research, which blended history and mythology in a very satisfying way. I was introduced to Jonasson's work one day by walking into a bookstore lost and overwhelmed. The clerk who came to my rescue suggested Jonasson, and now, because of her, I can never look at circus elephants the same way again.

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New Creative Writing Course

The Spring 2015 Capilano University Continuing Education Course Calendar is now out, and on page seventeen it says I'll be offering a new fiction class--The Story Writer's Workshop. This time, we've got eight weeks, which should give us plenty of time to cover a broad spectrum of material. If you're interested in this sort of thing, I'd love for you to join me. Please visit the nice people at Capilano University to register.

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Surviving the High Alpine

Prairie Fire, A Canadian Magazine of New Writing

If you were to go to your favourite bookstore or library today, pick up the latest issue of Prairie Fire, and open it to page thirty, you'd find a story of mine I'd very much like to share with you. It's called "The High Alpinist's Survival Guide," and it tells the story of a young man who's climbing Mount Everest. Okay, it does a bit more than that, but I'd rather you read the story than have me tell you too much about it.

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I've been asked to fill in for Kimberley Alcock in teaching her Capilano University Continuing Education course The Nuts and Bolts of Fiction. Hopefully, Kimberley's students won't be too disappointed when they come to class and find me. I'm excited to teach the class and am looking forward to meeting everyone.

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