Monthly Archives April 2010

Reminders

“One’s life should always be read twice, once for experience, then once again for astonishment.” - Wayson Choy Last night’s Atlantic Book Awards was a dazzling display of the formidable literary talents found all over the four Atlantic provinces. It was such a thrill to be part of it. I was surrounded by family and friends, and by some marvellous fluke my three reserved seats were at the
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Magnificent

“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” - Yann Martel, Self The magnolia is in full, rapturous bloom, three weeks earlier than it started last year. Yesterday I pulled into the driveway only to have a gaggle of university students withdraw their noses from the froth of blossoms
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Reader’s Block

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.” - W.H. Auden Confession time: I’ve been suffering from reader’s block. In recent months I’ve started reading a handful of superb novels, struggled my way through as many as 200 pages, and – stopped. I’m not sure why my lifelong habit of reading suddenly came to a halt, but it’s been distressing. Perhaps I can blame my lack
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The Business End of a Border

“A number 6 aluminum needle has been known to furnish an excellent emergency shearpin for an outboard motor.” - Elizabeth Zimmermann   Business stuff: 1. Apologies to those who had trouble opening the audio link to last week’s blog. Maybe it needed a number 6 aluminum needle. There is an mp3 download available; here’s how: you can download the show here: www.ckdu.ca simply click on ‘program archives’ scroll
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Radio Days

“He’s a ventriloquist on the radio – how do you know he’s not moving his lips?” - Woody Allen  I recently enjoyed doing a lively radio interview with Stephen Clare on his show,The Book Club (aired March 30, 2010 on 88.1FM, CKDU). We talked about writing, books, mentors, and the Atlantic Book Awards, among other things. I even read a few excerpts from Harbour View. 45 minutes whizzed by!   (S’cuse the Internet hiss.)
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