Keeping the Grass Green; making sure the sun shines on beautiful books

In the process of culling a lot of other possessions to make for a less cluttered home, I eventually ended up at the bookcases. Some years back, it seemed like sacrilege—me, professing to be a disciple of words and story—to discard books. Pass along so others can enjoy them, donate to book sales, pack away … Continue reading Keeping the Grass Green; making sure the sun shines on beautiful books

Dispensing stories

The Calgary Public Library has joined many other sites internationally in dispensing short stories, quick reads.  This marvelous use of technology offers authors and readers a whole new venue for sharing story:  https://dispenser.short-edition.com/#section7 I am delighted to have one my own short stories, "Party Favours" available as a 5 minute read at the beautiful main … Continue reading Dispensing stories

An old story re-run, just because it’s the stormy season

(previously published in AlbertaViews magazine, and A Crack in the Wall  (Oolichan Books 2008) Storm Warning Jess has been staring at the ceiling for hours, possibly all night. But it’s only since dawn she’s noticed the water stain in the corner above the window. A dark blot that starts on the ceiling and trickles down the flowery … Continue reading An old story re-run, just because it’s the stormy season

The names that become infamous; the names forgotten

Today is the anniversary of the 1989 massacre of fourteen women at  École Polytechnique, an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal.  Marc Lepine’s name is indelibly written in this tragic piece of history. Today is the day to remember the names of the victims. While I was doing research toward writing The Boy, driving … Continue reading The names that become infamous; the names forgotten

An Interview with Dianne Harke, author of: Incognito, The Astounding Life of Alexandra David Neel. (Sumeru Books 2016)

BJH   First of all, Dianne, I congratulate you on piecing together the story of the life of this fascinating woman. I appreciated your Author’s Note wherein you provide the rationale for the term “fictional biography” which to me, speaks to the care you’ve taken in recreating the “elusive” Alexandra. I believe that Alexandra David Neel … Continue reading An Interview with Dianne Harke, author of: Incognito, The Astounding Life of Alexandra David Neel. (Sumeru Books 2016)