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Notes on collaboration

A lot of readers have asked me why we didn’t include family photos in What Remains other than the one image on the cover. Truthfully my publisher and I did originally consider it, but since the book isn’t really a biography or family history but more of a literary memoir, we ultimately decided against it. The other issue for me was that I didn’t want to end using images in the book that weren’t truly stellar.

This was until I had the opportunity to collaborate with the extremely gifted photographer and filmmaker Katherine Knight. After reading the book, Katherine came up with her own short list …

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Authors on board

3 good things about spending a Saturday driving around to bookstores in Southern ontario:

The day in question was Authors 4 Indies day, a day in support of small independent bookstores; Trapped in a car most of the day shuttling between Toronto and main streets in Uxbridge, Cobourg and Port Hope, I was in the fine company of my fellow authors Nicole Lundrigan and Ian Hamilton, who kept me amused with horror stories of traveling in Guyana; This sign, warning others that our vehicle was well stocked with Canadian writers–a dangerous cargo if there ever was one.

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Textile talk

Met with Katherine Knight to tour her show at the Textile Museum of Canada and toss some ideas around about our dialogue May 10th on the subject of Objects and memory. Both of us entered into a creative project with objects as the spark of our idea. Katherine’s show is very much a documentation of the objects she encountered, a sort of entering of them into a book of records. While my approach in What Remains was very much about using the idea of an object as a lens or metaphor through which to create a more meaningful portrait of my mothe

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Brunch bunch

Rules on public speaking learned at this morning’s Ben McNally Books and Brunch: 1. Never take antihistamines before any sort of public speaking engagement as your mouth will turn into the Gobi desert. 2. Never assume you can just read the lovely speech you have prepared for the event.

In spite of failing at both #s 1 and 2, it was a lovely morning and I very much enjoyed meeting my fellow authors and brunch table companions.

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We have lift off!

Last night’s launch of What Remains was a love-in!

If you want to spend a night getting heartfelt hugs from well-wishers, I highly suggest writing a book. So many pals showed up in the April sleet to share in the excitement that I was truly humbled.

Much jamon was carved, clever speeches were given from the art deco stairs and I could hardly step away from my banquette perch with a pen, there were so many dear friends lined up to have me sign a copy of the book. In all, a night to remember, captured here in a lovely photo taken by Ricky Mugford.

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