Since May 2010 I have been a literary scene columnist for Open Book: Toronto. I write about everything from book-party politics to freedom of speech, the Scando-crime phenomenon to literary awards. I have reviewed books for the National Post and Globe and Mail, and written about books, authors and industry issues for the Toronto Star and CBC Books.
- Ten Years of Type | A beloved indie bookstore celebrates a big birthday, and a columnist reflects on a decade of life in Toronto shared
- Festival Like a Pro at Toronto’s Great Big Literary Party | A festival-going guide to the International Festival of Authors.
- Booking Up: With big, big names at no, no prices, Appel Salon events are filling up fast | A season preview for the Toronto Public Library’s Salon.
- On the Sensory Pleasures of Putting Pen to Paper | In praise of pens and ink pots.
- Booksellers for a Day | Authors mobilize in support of indie bookstores at the first Canadian Authors for Indies Day.
- The Word on the Street and the Weather | 200,000+ Torontonians take to the street to celebrate reading, rain or shine.
- The Week We Wayzgoosed | A new publishing season is in session after Coach House Books’ annual bash.
- Prom Night for WORN | A fashion magazine with a difference celebrates the launch of its first book.
- National Poetry Month Exercise | A poetry-reading procrastinator gets motivated.
- The Risk of the Long Read | On TV-viewing marathons and the return of The Long Novel.
- A Foot in the Door, A Brogue in the Basket | What did your first boss do to (or hopefully for) you?
- Welcome to the World’s Biggest Book Club | Reading Dan Brown and taking on book snobs.
- A VJ Looks Back, Publishes Forward | A record label gets into the book biz with enhanced music memoir.
- (R)age Appropriate | Freedom to Read Week and banning books in schools.
- Toronto: Great Idea | Edward Keenan’s look at Toronto post-amalgamation.
- Judging a Book | On dipped edges and catching the eye.
- The Book Diet | On roughage, motivational bookshelves, and finding poetry in weighing the mayor.
- Don’t Know Zarganar? Joke’s on You | Meeting Burma’s “most famous opposition figure.”
- Wither (sic) the CanLit? | “To say that these books aren’t Canadian enough is absurd.” On this year’s award nominees
- The Circus is in Town | Is The Night Circus worth all the hype?
- Planes, Trains, Ondaatje-mobiles | From the international launch of The Cat’s Table at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
- The News of the World of 1812 | Where we find (or steal) our stories.
- The Book Bakery | A library in the palm of your hand, an artwork in the pages of your library.
- Party Politics | Celebrating our freedom of speech.
- When Tattoos Get Serious Ink | The Scando-crime phenomenon lifts genre fiction out of the ghetto.
- Literary Insurance Policy: Tassels, Beads and Bananas Included | Fundraising for BRICK magazine, 1920s style.
- Keep Your Eye on the Many Values of the Prize | Why there are many winners with literary awards.
- IFOA Hamilton: Festival-goer on Tour | Does Toronto’s provincial festival partner still have pizzazz?
- To Do: Make List | Fall is the season of the fiction prize.
- Library Worker by Day, Library Socialite by Night | The Toronto Public Library is cool for more than its Air Con..
- The CanPub World Cup of Bookball | A play-by-play of a rocky month in publishing, as told by a soccer nut.
- Toronto The Good and Well Written | On reading Shawn Micallef’s Stroll and walking literary Toronto.
- The Evolution of an Independent Bookstore | Type Books thrives by the laws of Darwin.
- Lessons from a Prison Book Club | An interview with Ann Walmsley, author of The Prison Book Club
REVIEWS (Globe and Mail, National Post)