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 … 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

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, … Continue reading The names that become infamous; the names forgotten

The Top of Toy Mountain (1999)

  I’m stuck in traffic, making one last trip to the mall. A radio announcer with a soulful voice implores me to consider the children who will have nothing under the Christmas tree. He wants me to help build Toy Mountain. For three weeks, I’ve shopped, baked and decorated. I am building Christmas for my … Continue reading The Top of Toy Mountain (1999)

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)