I keep forgetting to post stuff here; goodness knows how many noteworthy events and publications I have forgotten to promote! But on November 23rd I was part of a lovely book launch for Artful Flight with other Porcupine’s Quill authors. Here’s a picture of us I was supposed to post BEFORE the event.
Once again, I was lucky enough to be part of Family Literacy Day at the Montreal Children’s Hospital: a very cool bilingual event held annually to entertain their patients! I made two videos – one in English and one in French – of me reading an excerpt about dogs from my middle-grade chapter books Bernadette in the Doghouse/ Élizabeth dans le Pétrin, and also added advice about how to use the craft activities assembled by the hospital team under Lynn Kiraly.
Artful Flight: Selected Essays 1985-2019 is coming out this month from The Porcupine’s Quill! So grateful for their interest in belles-lettres even during the pandemic! I cannot imagine a better cover than the beautiful one designed by Tim Inkster, and there are equally delightful illustrations inside the book.
On September 18th, the Arcady Ensemble under the direction of Ronald Beckett performed his setting of my poem “First Silver, Then Invisible” in both English and French at their autumn concert.
On January 26, I was lucky enough to be part of Family Literacy Day at the Montreal Children’s Hospital: a very cool bilingual event held annually to entertain their patients! I made two videos – one in English and one in French – of me reading an excerpt about dogs from my middle-grade chapter books Bernadette in the Doghouse/ Élizabeth dans le Pétrin, and my own dog, Toby, was kind enough to assist. Here is a picture of Toby to brighten your day.
I am delighted to announce that I have a book of selected essays coming out with The Porcupine’s Quill in 2021!
This would be a tremendous privilege at any time but is even more so now, during the Covid pandemic, when so many in the arts have no outlet for their work. I am hugely grateful, as always, for the tireless support and optimism of small Canadian presses!
“Survival Kit: Drawings and Poems” was published in The New Quarterly 153. Very thrilled to have these prose poems with accompanying drawings published with so many other wonderful writers in such a beautiful journal.
On January 16th, Susan read from What We Carry at the Third Thursday Reading Series in Cobourg, Ontario.
Susan read at the Salt Spring Island Library in Ganges on Tuesday November 26; at the Alberni Valley Words on Fire in Port Alberni on November 28; and at Planet Earth Poetry in Victoria on November 29th. It was wonderful to revisit the west coast and see so many friends, old and new.
On October 27th at 4:00, Susan read poetry at Stella’s Lunchbox, a charming cafe at 145 Lauder Avenue, Toronto.
Between October 9th and 11th, Susan did five readings at the Festival international de la poésie in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. An absolutely amazing annual affair, with poets from all around the world! So much fun, and highly recommended.
Translation alert! The Discovery of Flight will be coming out soon in Macedonia! Here is the beautiful cover:
On September 21 at 5:00 in the afternoon, Susan joined James Arthur, her poetry twin this season, and Darren Bifford, for a reading at the Plan 99 Series held at the Manx Pub, 370 Elgin Street, in Ottawa, with delightful host David O’Meara.
On September 22 at 12:15, Susan signed her new poetry book, What We Carry, at the AELQ booth @Word On the Street at Toronto’s Harbourfront. Between 1 and 2 pm, she was at the Inanna booth talking about her YA novel, The Discovery of Flight.
On August 26th, Susan read with Signal Editions launch-mate James Arthur at The Common, Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St W, Toronto, at 7:00 pm. Lovely setting, wine, and refreshments.
Just FYI, Susan has a show of her paintings hanging at Dave’s Bistro at 730 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, until Labour Day. Here’s a piece based on a poem of Leonard Cohen’s. See if you can guess which one!
Susan participated in an International Festival of Authors event at Harbourfront on May 29th. Host Nora Gold moderated a panel of authors on the topic “When Women Write.” Other panelists were C. Fong Hsiung, Tehmina Khan, and Loren Edizel.
Busy month with lots of readings from the new book of poetry, What We Carry, coming out from Signal Editions! The official group launch for all
spring titles was in Toronto at the Monarch Tavern on April 24th at 7:00 pm and in Montreal at Drawn and Quarterly on April 26th at 7:00 pm. The other poet was James Arthur, reading from The Suicide’s Son, and Lesley Trites read from her translation of Aphelia, a novel by Mikella Nicol. In Toronto, David Homel joined them, reading from his new novel, The Teardown.
In Toronto, Susan also read at Pivot on April 11th, and at The Art Bar on April 23rd.
Susan signed and gave away 25 copies of The Discovery of Flight at the Literary Press Group booth at the Ontario Library Association Super-Conference on February 1. It is always so much fun to meet librarians!
NEW BOOK ALERT!!! NEW BOOK ALERT!!! NEW BOOK ALERT!!!
Susan has a new collection of poetry, What We Carry, coming out from Signal Editions in April 2019. This will be her seventh book of poetry with Signal and her fifteenth book overall! Genius designer David Drummond has worked his magic again with this cover.
Susan was interviewed about her YA novel The Discovery of Flight on “Howl”, Valentine Assenzo’s literary program on CIUT radio (89.5 FM) at 10 pm, Tuesday November 27. Here’s the link:
Susan participated in a panel discussion titled “We Need Diverse Books” at the Ottawa Public Library’s “Teen Fest” on Saturday October 27. Fellow panelists were Tiffany D. Jackson and Star Spider.
On October 2nd at 10:00 am, Susan was interviewed about The Discovery of Flight on “All My Books” – a wonderful show hosted by Jacky Tuinstra Harrison on CJRU radio (1280 AM). Here is the link:
Susan read from her new YA novel, The Discovery of Flight, at the “Teen Spirit” Stage at The Word on the Street, Toronto’s outdoor book festival, held at Harbourfront on Sunday, September 23rd.
Composer Ronald Beckett set Susan’s extinction sonnets as choral songs performed at the Arcady Ensemble‘s summer concert on June 9th. So thrilling! The same poems also came out in the July/August “Summer Reading” issue of The Walrus Magazine.
The Discovery of Flight, Susan’s new YA novel (and 14th book) was launched with Inanna’s spring list at The Women’s Art Association of Canada in Toronto on the evening of May 3rd. Please admire this gorgeous cover!
The CBC is looking forward to reading it! http://www.cbc.ca/books/10-canadian-young-adult-titles-to-watch-for-in-the-first-half-of-2018-1.4515417
Susan participated in a tribute to the late poet Don Coles at the Free Times Cafe on Friday, February 16th. Other readers include Michael Redhill, Richard Sanger, Steven Heighton, David O’Meara, Laura Lush, and Al Moritz. Robyn Sarah participated by video.
On October 1st at 3:30, Susan participated in the launch of the Guernica anthology, The Heart is Improvisational, edited by Carol Lipszyc, at the Supermarket in Toronto.
Ronald Beckett, resident composer of The Arcady Ensemble, set Susan’s poem “The Woman beside the Lake Is Reading” to music. It was sung beautifully by Nicole Dubinsky – accompanied by piano, cello, flute and electronic keyboard – on Saturday October 14th as part of the “Voices of Autumn” concert in Brantford, Ontario.
Here is the link to Ron’s wonderful composition:
Susan spent this month doing the illustrations for The Discovery of Flight, a YA novel coming out in Spring 2018 from Inanna! Here is a sample.
IF THERE SEEM TO BE FEWER EVENTS POSTED HERE THAN THERE USED TO BE, this is because Susan has been a full-time student at The Art Centre at Central Technical School in Toronto since September 2015! This is her first attempt to combine her literary and artistic pursuits.
On April 22nd, Susan gave a talk about the poetry of Primo Levi and Paul Celan at Congregation Darchei Noam in Toronto.
Just joined SOCAN because composer Ronald Beckett (the primary composer for the Arcady Ensemble) set one of my poems to music to be sung by Nicole Dubinsky. Honestly, this is one of the most exciting things to have ever happened to me!
Susan was interviewed by Len Pearl about Esther Brandeau, the protagonist of her novel The Tale-Teller, for a film about the history of the Jews in Canada. Will update when I have further information.
On Saturday, November 5th, Susan participated in a panel discussion about murder mysteries at the Wild Writers Festival in Waterloo, Ontario.
On April 4th, for International Poetry Month, Susan joined Eva Tihanyi, Andrea Thompson, and Patricia Kenney at a reading at beautiful Niagara College in Niagara on the Lake.
On Wednesday March 30th, Susan competed in – but sadly, did not win – the 8th Annual BATTLE OF THE BARDS presented by IFOA Weekly at the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.
On February 21, Susan read from her latest novel, Safe as Houses, at the Junction Reads series at the Magic Oven in Toronto. Other readers were Jess Taylor, Jean-Marc Ah Sen, and Susanne Alyssa Andrews.
Mercredi le 2 décembre, Susan a assisté au Salon de Livre de Toronto à la Bibliothèque de référence de Toronto pour signer Les Aventures étranges et surprenantes d’Esther Brandeau et la série jeunesse d’Élisabeth.
Samedi le 5 décembre est diffusée un entrevue avec Susan pendant une émission spéciale Salon du livre.
The last of the Lunch Bunch trilogy — Élisabeth à la rescousse — is now available in French from les éditions du Boréal!
On Sunday November 1st, Susan participated in the members’ book fair at Congregation Darchei Noam. Other readers were Marsha Barber, Gail Benick, Renate Krakauer, and Sylvia Izzo Hunter.
On Wednesday November 4th, Susan read with Andrea Thompson and Safia Fazlul at the Wonderful Women Writers series run by Nora Gold at OISE.
On November 17th, Susan read with Robert Wiersma and Gloria Ferris at Wordsworth Books in Waterloo, Ontario. A certain quantity of alcohol was consumed, but we’re not saying how much. What happens in Waterloo stays in Waterloo.
Elisabeth dans le Pétrin — the French version of Bernadette in the Doghouse by Christiane Duchesnes — was nominated for a Governor General’s award in translation. It didn’t win but still, just being nominated was thrilling.
On Saturday October 17th, Susan had a book table at The Wychwood Barns Farmers Market, named the city’s best farmer’s market by NOW magazine. Buy local and organic literature!
On Wednesday October 22nd, Susan participated in Catherine Owen’s book tour for The Other 23 & a Half Hours talking about the importance, for a writer, of reviewing other people’s work.