12 minutes ago
The Gods of Promise
Speaking of Cyril Connolly. Even though he isn’t read much anymore, we still remember more than his “pram in the hall” aphorism. But are any of them true?“Whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first ...
one day ago
The Pram in the Hall
There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall. – Cyril ConnollyMy son Gabe and his wonderful partner Anna got married on the weekend. It was a joyous wedding, a moving ceremony ...
June 24, 2017
Lincoln in the Bardo
While I admire many, many books, very seldom do I wish I’d written the one I’m reading.I wish I’d written George Saunders’s new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, It’s his first novel, but of course ...
June 22, 2017
Walking out yesterday afternoon, being a flaneuse on the Danforth. A flanny on the Danny.At Pape, a pigeon flies down from a store awning into the path of people heading for the subway. Turning, it flies ...
June 21, 2017
Flash -- Opportunity for Writers
A post on social media: Wilfred Laurier University seeks applicants for the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence position on its Waterloo campus in southwestern Ontario.For ten weeks, starting in ...
June 19, 2017
Need a Trick for Writing Film Scripts?
I’ve been trying a new way to rewrite a feature film script. A bit of a trick. Steal it if you think it might be useful.A few years ago, I wrote the script on spec, basing it on a story I’d heard ...
June 16, 2017
Writers Working With Actors
Prep for the audio book: it was fun for me to Skype about my characters’ accents with narrator Pascal Langdale before the recording sessions for my new novel. Few people are interested in such arcane ...
June 14, 2017
What Did Charlotte Brontë Sound Like?
Actor Pascal Langdale was our first choice as narrator for the audio book of Mad Richard. His voice is compelling, his accent British by birth and his audition thoroughly professional. It seemed a simple ...
June 12, 2017
Hearing Your Words Come to Life
Bobby Singh is the audio engineer in charge of recording the audio book of my new novel, working out of an audio studio on Dufferin Street near the tracks in Toronto’s west end.I love audio studios: ...
June 10, 2017
Calling All Writers to an Audio Book Project
Once upon a time, audio books were recorded (somewhat mysteriously to a writer) by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.There was always a clause in your publishing contract giving the CNIB the ...