Celebrating L.M. Montgomery’s 141st Birthday

Today is L.M. Montgomery’s 141st Birthday and it is time to party like its 1874 because it feels like everyone is pulling out their best table linens and china to commemorate the event. After years of hard work from fans and academics of trying to prove and validate Montgomery’s connection and influence to literature and culture, one could certainly argue that she is part of a zeitgeist. Yes, I’m using my fifty cent words today. Zeitgeist. There’s the new Anne of Green Gables movie releasing hopefully (if the posters are to be believed) this holiday. (I got to Read More

Mel’s Long Overdue Post: An Overplanner in Recovery

I had the summer all planned. MAY: Submit the next draft of the Maud novel after an incredible ten days doing social media for the National Reading Campaign’s Reading Town in Charlottetown, P.E.I.             MAY to JUNE: Prep for backfilling a course for six weeks and prepare for an inspiring ten day writing retreat and alumni-mini-res at VCFA where I was workshopping a new piece with a writer I had always wanted to work with, Cynthia Leitich-Smith — who really is made of awesome and kinda wanna be her when I grow Read More

An Interview with Karen Krossing, Punch Like a Girl

Over the past year I have had the pleasure of getting to know Karen Krossing. A compassionate writer, she is committed to understanding and helping other writers — including me. I have read a few of her books this year, including Bog, which won the 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in the Canada division, and is a 2014 OLA Best Bets selection. Karen isn’t afraid to use story as a way to delve into difficult subjects and her latest novel, Punch Like a Girl, certainly demonstrates this. (Warning this might trigger some readers.) There has been Read More

An Interview with Sarah Tomp, Author of My Best Everything

Well it is summer and I’ve been traveling and being terrible about keeping up with the blog. But what I have been doing is reading. Reading books by writers I respect, some I even have the pleasure to know –which is my favourite thing to do, talk about cool people in this rich community of authors and artists.. I started the summer reading Sarah Tomp’s My Best Everything, a story that takes place during Lulu Mendez’s pivotal summer between graduation and college. Lulu is ready to get out of her small town of Dale, Virginia and Read More

A Canadian Exclusive Cover Reveal: K.A. Barson’s Charlotte Cuts it Out

Today, I have the privilege of announcing the Canadian exclusive cover reveal of K.A. Barson’s Charlotte Cuts it Out, releasing April 5, 2016. In conjunction with Tirzah Price’s blog, The Compulsive Reader in the U.S., my blog is revealing K.A.’s cover and also giving you one of two sneak peeks. Some you might remember that K.A. participated in my Embodying Character series last summer when we chatted about her wonderful book, 45 Pounds (more or less). And now the cover! About Charlotte Cuts it Out Lydia and I were in eighth grade when we came up with our Grand Plan Read More

Recognition, Reinvention

The past year I’ve been in a process of reinventing myself. It has been a journey into discovering my sense of self worth and what it means to show up and say, “yes” and when it is okay to stay home or say, “no.” Reinvention meant a personal revolution, it meant turning over and reimagining what my life might look like. Reinvention meant embracing the fact that showing up and saying “yes,” might mean being situations I never imagined I would be, accepting that not everyone will like me (I know, crazy? right), and acknowledging when things Read More

An Interview with Amy Rose Capetta, Author of Entangled

I’m so excited to welcome critically acclaimed YA science fiction author, Amy Rose Capetta. Amy Rose is a fellow VCFAer who inspires me with her commitment to writing, her talent for photography, and her openness to trying new things, such as co-producing the NerdBait Guide You Tube channel with YA author of Breaking Sky and The Color of Rain, Cori McCarthy. Entangled and Unmade  are part of a (I love that she calls it this) “YA space duet,” about seventeen-year-old Cade, a human essentially alone in the universe who discovers that she was created in a lab in Read More

An Interview with Singer Songwriter, Andrea Lindsay

Andrea Lindsay and I met in Montreal during the late 1990s at the large bookstore where we both worked. She was just starting out as a musician and I was finishing off Masters Number 1. Over the years, I’ve been in awe of Andrea’s commitment to her music. She bravely struck out on her own, writing in her second language and trusting in the financial independence that comes from following her passion. A Juno Award-winning artist (for you Americans it is the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award), Andrea has continued to seek new opportunities, get Read More

Happy Birthday, Manly*

“‘What do you take me for?’ he asked. ‘Do you think I’m the kind of fellow that’d would leave you out there at Brewster’s when you’re so homesick, just because there’s nothing in it for me?’ ‘Why I…’Laura stopped. The truth was that she had never thought of much about what kind of person he was. He was so much older; he was a homesteader.”(77, THGY) But we knew, didn’t we. We had remembered the young boy in Farmer Boy. We remembered in The Long Winter the young man who risked his life for the town, Read More

Special Event at the Toronto Public Library: Tuesday January, 27 2015

I was thrilled when Laura Robinson asked me to take part in this special event at the North York Central Library as part of their Book Club’s reading of my favourite L.M. Montgomery novel, Rilla of Ingleside.  Laura has curated a thought provoking exhibit on L.M. Montgomery’s reflections on World War I, combining artifacts from the period, excerpts from Rilla and Montgomery’s journals. The exhibit has been shown around Ontario, in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and France. The event will also feature Benjamin Lefebvre, who I believe will be reading out some of his findings of perspectives on Read More