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Thoughts on my new collection of short stories, Godless but Loyal to Heaven (Enfield & Wizenty), due out this month.

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I remember back when Steepy Mountain came out, just around that time, both Greg Scofield and Connie Fife migrated away from the Vancouver region. Suddenly I realized how reliant I had become on socializing with just these two poets, between literary events, and I had to rebuild my local base of literary good influences!

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Here we are on that rarest of days, 29 February.

 

I had the pleasure of sitting in on a conversation this morning, listening to Maria Campbell, Jeannette Armstrong, and Margo Kane, addressing the question “Why do we do it?”As creative artists, activists and organizers, each one a hub of widespread communities of thriving artists at work in diverse fields, how did each one arrive at this place of creative leadership?

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I’m often asked what I’m listening to as I work on new stories or travel on planes for tours and I have to say that Cold Cave is where it’s at for me. Yes, they sound like New Order and yes the lead singer can reach that Andrew Eldritch tone in his deepest low notes, but this is gold for me. Totally.

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Hi, everyone.

I’m the luckiest guy I know: I am sent great books and graphic novels by authors and publishers I believe in–often by nagging. I’m currently reading Dawn Dumont’s novel/memoir Nobody Cries at Bingo (Thistledown Press), and here we have a new Aboriginal voice of a young Cree and Metis girl growing up in Okanese First Nation country with a real family with real challenges. It’s funny, moving, honest. Dawn has the wit of Lee Maracle and the humour of Eden Robinson. I’m four chapters in and giggling. I am going to ease into this novel slowly as I can tell it’s a winner.

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