image: Stroll Column

Illustration from “Toronto the Good and Well Written.” Read the column below.


My writing about books, authors, and publishing  has appeared in the National PostGlobe and Mail, and Toronto Star. My popular column about Toronto’s literary scene ran on for six years.


  • 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.
  • Could We Can the Cover Copy? | Raging against the spoilers.
  • 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.



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