Susan has a new collection of poetry, What We Carry, coming out from Signal Editions in the spring of 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 will be 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.
Susan will be participating in a panel discussion titled “We Need Diverse Books” at the Ottawa Public Library’s “Teen Fest” from 12-12:45 on Saturday October 27, at the Southminster Church, 15 Aylmer. Fellow panelists are Tiffany D. Jackson and Star Spider. For the whole festival schedule, See https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/node/1506
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). Will provide the link when it becomes available.
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 participate 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.
So exciting! 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!December 2016
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 Tuesday March 8th, Susan read with Robert Priest at the Boneshaker Series at the St. Clair-Silverthorn Public Library, 1748 St. Clair West in 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.
On Sunday October 24th, Susan moderated a lively panel discussion about mystery novels with Danish novelist Sara Blaedel, Ovidia Yu from Singapore, and two Catalan authors, Marc Pastor, and Teresa Solana, at the International Festival of Authors.
Wednesday Sept. 9th
BOOK LAUNCH for SAFE AS HOUSES
at TYPE BOOKS, 883 Queen St.W.
On Sunday Sept. 27, Susan participated in a panel discussion about crime fiction with fellow authors Dietrich Kalteis, Ian Hamilton, and Giles Blunt at the WORD ON THE STREET. The ever-affable Steven Beattie moderated.
Susan’s contemporary Toronto novel that is sort-of-a-murder-mystery
Safe as Houses
is available from Cormorant Books!!!
(and of course from your favourite independent bookstore)
On May 2nd, Susan played bookseller for the day during AUTHORS FOR INDIES at Another Story Bookshop on Roncesvalles.
Susan participated in The School of Continuing Studies instructor and student reading series, The Platform, with three former students: Bianca Marais, Thomas Vogl, and Ibukin Aisha Yusuf, on April 16th, at the Black Swan Tavern in Toronto.
This yummy chapbook just came out.
Elisabeth dans le Pétrin est arrivé de Boreal! Quite charming that “Bernadette in the Doghouse” translates to “Elizabeth in the Yeast-Trough” — but hey, that’s what makes translation the wonderful and mysterious enterprise it is.
Susan read poetry at the Plasticine series, January 18th at Pauper’s Pub, in Toronto.
Susan read poetry at the Art Bar series, January 20th, at The Black Swan Tavern.
Susan participated in a local bookfair at the Wychwood Barns Saturday December 6.
Elisabeth et le Super Midi Club est arrivé de Boréal!
NEW BOOK ALERT! NEW BOOK ALERT! NEW BOOK ALERT!
Safe as Houses, a mystery set in Toronto exploring the notion of personal security, will be coming out from Cormorant books in the spring of 2015.
Susan was the judge for the 2014 “Milton Acorn Poetry Prize” for the province of Prince Edward Island.
Susan is delighted to announce that the wonderful Québec press, Les Éditions du Boréal, publishers of Les Aventures étranges et surprenantes d’Esther Brandeau, moussaillon (the French translation of The Tale-Teller) will also be translating her juvenile trilogy, Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch, Bernadette in the Dog House, and Bernadette to the Rescue.
Susan is delighted to announce that she is included in the 5th edition of the Oxford anthology of Canadian poetry edited by Gary Geddes, 70 Canadian Poets, due out this month.January 2014:
Les aventures étranges et surprenantes d’Esther Brandeau, moussaillon, the French translation of The Tale-Teller by the wonderful Christiane Duchesne, is now out from Les Éditions du Boréal! Susan had three amazing days in Montreal and Quebec city promoting the book to the media and to booksellers, who graciously forgave her rusty French and opened their hearts to Esther Brandeau.
Closing activities for the inaugural “One Book” program of the Vaughan Public Library System took place on December 8th at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library. Susan talked about the genesis and writing of The Tale-Teller and hot chocolate was served to an enthusiastic audience.
The Tale-Teller has been chosen to be the “One Book” read by the Vaughan Public Libraries! It will be the first time this library system has tried out the one book program. What an honour! They will be blogging about the book throughout the month of November at https://www.vaughanpl.info/leisure/?p=15780
Susan did a reading tour of the Maritime Provinces in company with the wonderful poet Julie Bruck as follows:
Sept. 26th: 7:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, Main Building, University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown
Sept. 30: 7 pm Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Oct. 1: St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Oct. 3: 1-2:30 pm Mt. Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick
Oct. 5-6: University of New Brunswick Poetry Festival in Fredericton