Friday, September 18, 2009


There is *so much* going on of late that is awesome that the only way I can imagine anyone going wrong is if they were to sit home in the dark and not read anything. But if you are looking for suggestions...

1) Leon Rooke!! Everyone thing the man does is astounding, but specifically:

a. His new book, The Last Shot, promises to be thrilling. I have to admit I haven't opened it yet, as I only attended the warm and wonderous launch last night, but such was the buzz in the room that I'm pretty sure I'm right about this.

b. His festival, The Eden Mills Writers' Festival, which Leon and his late wife Connie started over 20 years ago, and which continues to surprise and delight and extremely talented authors to read there. This Sunday afternoon, by the river outside Guelph. I'm bringing muffins, a sitting-on-the-ground blanket, and book-buying funds--see you there?

c. His art exhibit, Peculiar Practices, at the The Bookshelf in Guelph, which runs until this Sunday. I have no idea what to expect, but am excited anyway!

2) If for some reason you can't be in the Guelph/Eden Mills regions but you can be in the Sharon region, maybe try the Words Alive Festival in Sharon, Ontario, also with a bevy of talented readers, and (I'm told) a beautiful setting... If I weren't already booked!

3) In preparation for hearing her read at the aforementioned Eden Mills, I have been joyously reading Saleema Nawaz's beautiful story collection Mother Superior. I'm only halfway, and still have no idea what the cover art means, but I already know that this is one of the best new books I've read in a while.

4) Online: Alex Boyd has a new blog, Kathrine Nabity is doing a wonderful history of how she wrote and published her first novel, and *I* have an author page on GoodReads!!

5) I'll be reading in Ottawa on October 17, 5pm, at the Manx Pub as part of the Plan 99 reading series. I am very excited.

6) You can go read some good stories at the University of Toronto alumni Short Story contest readers' choice site. If you are yourself an alumnus, you can even vote for your favourite. (completely equitable hint)

I am very excited about everything in the universe right now, except that it is cold out and I am not feeling well. So, thank goodness for literature! As usual!

Precious precious precious


August said...

How was Eden Mills? I went years ago to meet Sheila Heti and George Elliott Clarke and had a hell of a good time. I'd never heard of Leon Rooke before then, but I heard him read and was blown away. I didn't have enough money to buy one of his books that day, but I stood in his signing line anyway just to tell him how much I liked his reading, and that I would buy the next book of his that I saw in a book store (and I did).

I haven't had the opportunity to go back. :/

saleema said...

Rebecca, thank you so much for your kind words about the book! It means a lot coming from you. And it was lovely to meet you and Mark at Eden Mills. I was sorry we didn't have time to get down to discussing Twix.

Re: the cover, David (the designer) has a blog post about the cover and his thinking behind it. I'm a big fan of his work.

Rebecca Rosenblum said...

Saleema, it was great to meet you too!! I really did like the cover (and the book) but the blog explanation is fascinating and illuminating, too!