Monday, 1 August 2016

August update

I'm working on a new book, thanks largely to the hammering intensity of my novel-workshopping colleagues Corinna Chong and Alix Hawley. If a first draft's finished by the end of summer I'll put up a flashy, celebratory post; if not my face is still pressed to the keyboard.

My first work for comic books! Though not writing a comic. A raucous text story will appear in the next volume of Ed Brisson's The Violent.

Most important right here right now: The Spoke Literary Festival. Start writing wheels rolling or get a leg up on current work, through four intensive workshops over the August 20/21 weekend in Vernon BC. Any reason not to write dispelled over two unforgettable days! The July 31 deadline is extended until the final seats have bums in them.

(Top: Tsawwassen BC, July 2017.)

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Spring 2016 update

On Saturday, April 30, I'll be at Otter Books, in Nelson BC, from 9:30 to 11:30 am in support of international Authors for Indies Day. I will dance for you, sing for you, advise which books to buy from Otter Books' lively selection. Plus just now I took a bath and tidied my beard, and though the event's two days away and their effect may wear off that's better than nothing.

May through July will bring straight-up writing, followed by Vernon BC's wildly-rumoured Spokes Festival over the third weekend in August. Life is solid & awesome.

Jaw-Dropping Recommendation #1: The Memento by Christy Ann Conlin of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. I was fortunate enough to go to school with Christy Ann twenty years ago and I flat-out pity anyway who has not met her; cracking her stellar second novel will be a good start at including Ms. Conlin in your life.

(Washington DC, February 2016. Mike Schroeder photo. I was out east signing books! That's not my truck.)

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

October update

As of September, All-Day Breakfast is for sale in the US at many fine independent stores as well as at all fine Barnes & Noble stores, where as of December the book will feature prominently in their affiliated Foreword Reviews magazine.

Upcoming events, none very near to the other:

Singapore Writers Festival. Outside Looking In: Overcoming the Risk of Exoticising, with Madeleine Thien, 1 Nov, Sun 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM; and The Appeal of the Undead, with Lefty and Nicholas Yong, 1 Nov, Sun 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

San Diego. Mysterious Galaxy Books, Saturday, January 2, 2 PM.

Kelowna Fan Xpo, Saturday, March 19. Time & venue TBA.

I'd planned to read at Bookmark Shoppe in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on October 11 but have had to cancel due to a dumb sick-cough-chest infection. I will reschedule because Brooklyn.

(Photo by Anne Fleming, in Toronto.)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

August update

Here's a review from Trek, the UBC alumnus magazine; ADB is second-to-last on the page below:
No previous review mentioned Congo even once.

And here's a quick but incisive interview with me from Alix Hawley's wonderful Storybrain series:

(Hooked on Books, Penticton BC.)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

July '15 updates

-All-Day Breakfast has been chosen by as one of the 25 best books of the year so far -- books in any genre, from anywhere in the world -- and one of the 8 best books from Canada.

-I'll be reading on September 25 & 26 at the Thin Air Festival in Winnipeg; on October 31 & November 1 (a week earlier than previously posted) at the Singapore Writers Festival.

-The first draft of my next book is coming along at top speed. I'm part of a very small writing group this time around and there's nothing like monthly deadlines to increase page-count and decrease hours slept.

(Calgary, AB. Jimmy Schroeder photo.)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Upcoming Readings: Calgary, Singapore

I'll be reading from All-Day Breakfast at Shelf Life Books in Calgary at 7 pm on Monday, June 8. (My sister will receive her Social Work degree in Calgary on June 4, plus there's the zoo, Drumheller and my wife's cousin's farm outside Rimbey to explore.) Calgarian and old pal Lee Shedden will acquire drums and drummer for the event. Thank you, Lee.

Plus! I'll be appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, thirteen thousand kilometres away, from November 6 - 8. Astounding. May read from older works Empress of Asia and Kingdom of Monkeys since, well, they're set in varying degrees in Singapore while All-Day Breakfast is in Nebraska. 

(Vancouver w. SE Asia-style rain.)