In June, 2014, I was Writer-in-Residence over at Open Book Toronto. The residency called for me to write about writing-life subjects of my own choosing, including these little baubles:

Shall We Launch or Keep on Moping: 8 Truths About Book Launches

Kim’s Writing Tips, or How to Write Like a Pro

The Art of the TV Show Recap

Got Any Good Lit Jokes?

Social Media Bare Minimums for Authors

 

 


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Events & Appearances

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Elora Writers’ Festival, Elora, Ontario, 1-4 pm.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – Speaking at Probus Newmarket Strawberry Social Meeting

Past Events

Sunday June 1, 2014  – Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Books & Brunch Toronto, 10 am.

Sunday July 20, 2014 – Plasticine Poetry (and fiction!) Series, Pauper’s Pub, Toronto, 6:30 pm

Friday July 25, 2014 – Paul Quarrington Humour Showcase, Leacock Summer Festival, Lakehead University Commons, Orillia, Ontario 9 pm

September 12 – 14 – Eden Mills Writers Festival, Eden Mills, Ontario

Sunday September 21, 2104 – Toronto Word on the Street Festival, Queen’s Park, Toronto

– Signing at the Dundurn Press booth from 12PM – 12:30 PM

–  Reading at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

– Speaking at the Wordshop Marquee from 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM with Joe Kertes and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer at a panel discussion called From Lightbulb Idea to Full-Length Novel: How to Get from Page One to the End

– Assessing first pages submitted by festival goers  at the Wordshop Marquee  from 5:00 PM – 5:45PM at a talk called  How Does It Look? — Making a Good First Impression in Prose

Friday September 26, 2014 – Kingston Writersfest, Kingston, Ontario

Saturday September 27, 2014 – Heritage Toronto Hidden Treasures in North Rosedale Walking Tour, 1 pm, Toronto

October 17-19, 2014 – Whistler Readers and Writers Festival, Whistler, B.C.

Saturday November 15-16, 2014 – Toronto International Book Fair, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto

 

 

 


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The Oakdale Dinner Club

My new novel, The Oakdale Dinner Club, will be published in May, 2014 by Dundurn. It’s a suburban comedy of manners about food, infidelity and friendship. Here’s the book description:

After affluent suburban mom Mary Ann’s husband cheats on her, she decides to have her own extramarital affair. She starts up a neighbourhood dinner club as a cover, earmarks three men as potential lovers, and invites them to join. Along for the ride is her best friend Alice, a university lecturer who has recently returned with her young daughter to Oakdale, the leafy bedroom community where the two women grew up and briefly shared a telepathic past.

Over good food and wine, new friendships develop, new dreams simmer, Mary Ann pursues her affair candidates, and Alice opens her heart and mind to ways out of her single working mother social rut. The stars align on the night the core dinner club members consume an aphrodisiac, go to a local dive bar, hit the dance floor, and rock their worlds.

More info to come! Now available for pre-order (!) at amazon.ca.


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Wording in the Street


Come one, come all to the Humber School for Writers Wordshop Marquee Tent at Toronto’s Word on the Street festival on Sunday September 22nd, and hear free informative lectures on a variety of topics of interest to aspiring and experienced writers. I will be hosting a discussion about humour writing at 1 pm, and another about self-promotion at 5 pm, and at 3 pm I will be doing flash assessments of first pages submitted by festival visitors, along with publisher Jack David (ECW Press) and editor Janice Zawerbny (House of Anansi). See you there!


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On Sunday June 16, I will be in Barrie giving a mini-workshop on Beginnings (at 10 am) and doing flash assessments of first pages of manuscripts submitted by participants (over brunch! which begins at 11:30) during the June meeting of the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County, held at the Lions Gate Banquet Hall at 386 Blake St.in Barrie.

For more info click here and to register for the workshop and the brunch/talk, click here.


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