If you are in Montréal on Saturday 24 November, why not drop by ExpoZine? I have a table there (Saturday only) and will be selling copies of my comic zines. I’d love it if people dropped by to chat with me!
1025 Bélanger (Église Saint-Arsène), Jean-Talon métro, accessible. 11 am – 6 pm
You probably know that I’ve been working on a historical novel about the arctic for what feels like forever. I’m still pretty far from being able to offer a concrete date when it might be available, but for those who are getting impatient, a very brief excerpt has just been published in Riddled With Arrows. It’s a chance to meet one of my main characters, and discover the amazing setting of the high arctic. Riddled With Arrows is an online journal that features writing about writing. What does that mean? You can head over and find out.
Connected to my science life, I’ve just been interviewed by the NPR program Science Friday about a recent mission to the Arctic. We had a a great trip planned, with science, education and outreach components, but we ran into some trouble as soon as we got out into the Gulf of Boothia. Science isn’t always easy, but we persevere!
“Arctic Science, Put On Ice”
When I was a young teen, I spent my baby-sitting money on books by Joan Aiken, one of the most prolific and imaginative young adult writers of the last century. Rollicking adventures set in an alternate version of the eighteenth, they were by turns silly, scary, and subversive, with brave, intelligent, young characters. I just wrote a review of Aiken’s series The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which you can read at the excellent Albion Magazine.
Event coming up for anyone in the Montreal area. My short play “Down in the Valley”, a meditation on what it means to be human set in a kind of post-Apocalyptic Quebec City, is getting a public reading with the community theatre group Theatre NDG. This is such a cool program that they do, giving writers a chance to test out the plays they’re developing in front of a live audience. I’m very excited and a little nervous to hear my words read aloud by their actors. Plus, it’s a double feature, so the audience gets to hear two plays in one evening!
Northern Review, a peer-reviewed journal exploring human experience in the circumpolar regions, has just done a special issue on northern literature, and my short story “Permafrost” is in it. In this story about a family emigrating from Bangkok to Svalbard, Nok has always believed implicitly in her parents’ love for each other—until an unforeseen crisis casts doubt on the very foundations of their family. Head on over and read it!
The lovely online Albion Magazine has just published my review of Rumer Godden’s 1955 novel An Episode of Sparrows, about children planting a garden in the rubble of bombed London. The book was also made into a film called Innocent Sinners, starring talented child actress June Archer, which you can find on YouTube. Both the book and the movie have some uncomfortable and sad moments, but the overall message is one of irrepressible life. You can read the full review here.