Proved on the Pulses: On the Essay and its Literary Cousins

100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime…includes Pathologies

October 2nd, 2014

I’m surprised and delighted to see that Pathologies has won a place on and 49th Shelf’s list of 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime.  You can find the whole list here, or here, cast votes for other books you’d like to see, or add your comments.

It’s a quirky list for sure, and offers a starting point for lots of conversation. Lots of my own favourites there, and many more that I missed.

New workshop at the Bloor/ Gladstone Library, September 20th

September 5th, 2014

Saturday Workshop

in Toronto

Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:45 am – 4:30 pm 


Bloor/Gladstone Public Library 1101 Bloor Street West, Toronto (Dufferin subway stop)

$40 for members
$50 for non-members 


For information and registration go to: The Creative Nonfiction Collective. 

Or email Cathy Ostlere, CNFC President 


CNFC Poster - Toronto Workshop

National Magazine Awards

June 11th, 2013

This year, I was twice a finalist in the National Magazine Awards in the same category, and took home a Silver Medal for “In Anna Karenina Furs,” published in Maisonneuve.

Thanks to Drew Nelles, and also to Katherine Ashenburg, Ian Brown, Victor Dwyer, and my co-participants in the Banff Literary Journalism program, 2012.

New Piece in Maisonneuve

December 18th, 2012

In July I spent a productive month in the Banff Literary Journalism program, working on a piece about re-reading Anna Karenina…and adultery. You can find the result in the latest Maisonneuve.

Interview at the Malahat Review

December 5th, 2012

It’s Open Season at the Malahat Review, and I’m honoured to be judging the Creative Nonfiction entries. See my interview here.