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The 49th Shelf reviews THE WOLF

The Wolf at the End of the World coverSteve Stanton has a nice review of The Wolf at the End of the World up on the "Recommended Reads" page at The 49th Shelf, the site dedicated to Canadian books. Here's a brief excerpt from his review:

"An excellent debut novel. … Modern controversy over aboriginal land claims is mixed with a romantic embellishment of ancient stories. … Staccato pacing and multiple POVs with a hook at the end of each short segment [keeps] the energy level perpetually high."

Check out more on The Wolf, including an excerpt and full buying links, here.

The terrible legacy of residential schools: Moose River Crossing

I had the opportunity recently of viewing the film "Moose River Crossing" at the Reel World Film Festival. Through the voices of six characters, all survivors of the residential school system, we are given a glimpse into the terrible impact that this shameful program had on our native peoples. I wrote more on the residential schools here earlier

The movie is wonderfully done, but powerful and (as it should be) disturbing. The film's writer and director, Shirley Cheechoo, herself a residential school survivor, attended the screening and the Q&A after, as did the producer and some of the actors. When asked by an audience member what could be done to make more Canadians aware of this sad chapter in our history, Ms. Cheechoo asked for help in getting the film to be included in our public school curricula, so that our children will at least know what our own government and churches did to several generations of native children. 

So if any of you are reading this and are a teacher or educator (or know someone who is), please point them to this movie and ask them to help. A contact page for inquiries about the movie is available here.

George Monbiot on "rewilding the world"

One of the key themes in my novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, is that of protecting our natural environment and specifically the habitats of our wild animals. If that topic also concerns and interests you, then I think you'll enjoy (and be encouraged) by this fascinating TED talk by George Monbiot. Monbiot discusses the many postive and seemingly (at first) counter-intuitive benefits that occurred when wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the US.

As Wisakejack tells Zach in my novel, "everything's connected." We humans don't yet understand how complex the natural food chains in this world are (or were). His talk and his suggestions that we need to "rewild our world" give some hope that we can restore the complexity of these chains and in so doing heal the natural environments that we have ravaged--the environments that we rely on as well.

Author Cory Redekop interviews me

The excellent and award-winning Canadian author, Corey Redekop, recently interviewed me on my novel, The Wolf at the End of the World and on writing topics in general. I even managed to work in a discussion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, because, well, because Buffy.

Check out the interviews here:

The Conscious Interview, Part 1

The Conscious Interview, Part 2

The Sub-conscious Interview (and Buffy)

And please check out Corey's novels, the award-winning Shelf Monkey and his latest, Husk,

IMPOSSIBILIA now available in trade paperback

Impossibilia coverMy first collection, Impossibilia, which was a finalist for the Aurora Award in 2009, is now available in trade paperback. The book was originally published in jacketed hardcover and hardcover limited editions, both numbered and signed, by the award-winning UK press, PS Publishing. An ebook edition was later released, and now I am pleased to have a trade edition available.

See the main Impossibila page for full buying links, including autographed copies.

Impossibilia contains the Aurora winning novelette, "Spirit Dance," which is the precursor story to my novel The Wolf at the End of the World. It also contains the Aurora finalist story, "A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh" and one of my Springsteen-inspired stories, "Going Down to Lucky Town." I hope you'll check it out.

The Canadian SF & Fantasy Hall of Fame

I'm passing on this announcement from Clint Budd, Chair of the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA) Hall of Fame Jury, which should be of interest to any and all fans of SF&F, whether that be in literature, art, television, or film:

Here's your chance to nominate the greatest Canadian SF Writers, Publishers, Editors, Artists, Graphic Novelists, Musicians/Filkers, Actors, Convention organizers, Fans, Scientists and Astronauts to the CSFFA Hall of Fame.


You nominate them not as just for this year's novel or con-running or whatever but for their long-term contribution to Canadian Science Fiction and/or Fantasy.


Nomination is straight-forward; you need to write out a description of the contributions your nominee has made that would make them eligible for the Hall of Fame.


Then email it to or mail it to CSFFA Hall of Fame c/o 1432 Velvet Road, Gibsons BC V0N 1V5 … before July 1st, 2014.


For more info goto


Clint Budd
Chair, CSFFA Hall of Fame Jury

Get involved! Nominate your all-time favourite contributors to Canadian science fiction and fantasy.

2014 Aurora Award nomination period closed April 12

The Wolf at the End of the World cover

Just a reminder that the nomination period for the 2014 Aurora Awards closes tomorrow, Saturday April 12 at midnight EDT. The Auroras are the official awards of the Canadian SF and Fantasy Association. 

This year, my debut novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, is eligible under the "Best Novel — English" category. Your support by way of a nomination would be truly appreciated, especially this year for my first foray into the novel world.

You can read the first four chapters of the book online here and also check out the brand new book trailer for The Wolf.

Full details on how to nominate can be found here on my earlier post.

Thanks again for any consideration!

Ad Astra convention: My schedule

I'll be at Ad Astra, the long-running Toronto SF&F convention, this coming weekend, April 4-6. This year, the con is at the Sheraton Parkway North hotel (600 Highway7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario). More info on the Ad Astra site. 

Here's my schedule for the weekend:

Friday April 4:

  • 8:30-9pm -- Reading (Oakridges room)
  • 10-11pm -- Panel: Non-European Fantasy Worlds (Richmond C-D)
  • 11pm-midnight -- Panel: Indigenous Futurism (Markham A)

Saturday April 5:

  • 2-4pm -- Author Signings (Richmond A)
  • 9-10pm -- Panel: Veronica Mars movie (Markham A)

Sunday April 6:

  • 1-2pm -- SF Canada table (Dealer's Room)
  • 3-4pm -- Panel: Rejectomancy (Newmarket room)

Weekend and day passes are available for the con. If you're in the area, I'll hope you'll drop by.

"Dream Flight" published in The Dark Magazine

Cover of The Dark Magazine issue #3 with "Dream Flight"I wrote earlier about my sale in late 2013 of one of my early Heroka stories, "Dream Flight," to The Dark Magazine, a new dark fantasy online magazine. Issue #3 with "Dream Flight" came out in January, and here is a link to where you can read the story online

The story was only the third one I ever wrote, so be gentle. It was also the third of my Heroka stories. "Dream Flight" is a sequel of sorts to the earlier "A Bird in the Hand," which appeared in Warrior Wisewoman 2 in 2010. But you don't need to have read "A Bird in the Hand" to enjoy "Dream Flight." Both of these stories appear in my translated collection, La Danse des Esprits

My first Heroka story, "Spirit Dance" (the inspiration for my Heroka novel, The Wolf at the End of the World) is also available as an ebook and is included in my first collection, Impossibilia.  

ChiZine reading series

ChiZine reading series March 2014I was one of three authors at the Toronto ChiZine reading series event at The Round in Kensington last week. Here's a pic of me reading from THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD on my Kobo.

The other authors were Terri Favro (THE PROXY BRIDE) and Stan Rogal (OBSESSIONS), who did two wonderful readings. In between the readings, we were all entertained by two incredibly talented performers: Kari Maaren, the ChiSeries Toronto's resident ukelele comedienne (Album: BEOWULF PULLED MY ARM OFF) and Peter Chiykowski (co-creator of the Kickstarter darling, HALF-CAT).

Thanks to Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory, co-publisher / owners of ChiZine, for hosting this series and for including me in the lineup. And thanks to everyone who came out.

The Round has been completely renovated since my last visit when it was the Augusta House. It makes a great venue for this type of evening. Comfortable and intimate, with a good stage and sound, lots of seating and room to move around and mix and meet, and very gracious hosts. Check out the ChiSeries, which now runs in Vancouver, WInnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto. More info at the ChiZine website.


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