September 11th, I’ll be at a book club, one of my favourite ways to talk about The Boy and about writing. I’m always pleased to be invited to visit book discussion groups in the Calgary area, and sometimes invitations from outside my home region work in with readings I’m doing in other towns and cities. If you belong to a book discussion group that would like to talk about The Boy or any of my other books, send me a note. Even if I can’t join you in person, there are other ways I can participate and answer questions.
September 23rd, I will be part of the FreeFall magazine launch of the fall issue. I have a long-standing affection for FreeFall. I have been a member of its founding organization, the Alexandra Writers Centre Society, since I first became serious about writing fiction, and have served on FreeFall’s editorial board. One of my first story publications was in the fall 1996 issue. This time I have two postcard stories in the magazine, a first for me as I’ve never had a postcard published. Other contributors in this issue include some of my Calgary friends and colleagues, Bob Stallworthy, Barb Howard and Rona Altrows. Pages on Kensington at 7:00 PM on September 23. It will be a fine evening. Come out and enjoy.
September 25th, I will be reading at Lethbridge’s first ever Word on the Street. The Lethbridge Public Library, and in fact the whole community are hugely excited about this event and I’m honoured to be part of it. A great line-up of authors and events: http://lethbridgeword.wordpress.com/
October 3rd, I am the keynote speaker for a professional day for the Parkland Regional Libraries in Lacombe.
Walk Softly —There are Stories Beneath Your Feet
Betty Jane Hegerat will urge you to support your Alberta writers for all of the obvious reasons, and she may even encourage you to mine the richness of your lives and this landscape we share for your own stories. This presentation will range from the general to the particular, to this author’s work and how she’s discovered that fiction is one way of dealing with the troubling questions life throws us. She will talk about her most recent book, The Boy, and how obsession with one of the most haunting crimes in the history of central Alberta took her on a journey into the frontier that lies between fact and fiction.
October 4th, I return to Stettler for the One Book, One Stettler event at the Stettler Public Library. I am thrilled with this community’s support for The Boy: http://spl.prl.ab.ca/files/One%20Book%20One%20Stettler.pdf
October 5th, I read in one of my home towns, Camrose. My memories of hearing about the Cook murder case go back to Camrose in the summer of 1959. I spent a significant part of my childhood and teenaged years in Camrose and it’s always a pleasure to return.
October 28th, I will be reading at the Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park, and look forward to meeting a new community of readers.
October 29th, I return to the Tofield Public Library where I first met a warm audience of readers when I was travelling with my novel, Delivery, in 2009. So pleased to be going back.
Then comes November, and I will putting The Boy to bed for a while, and heading to Banff for new writing. This has shaped up to be a fine autumn.