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February 2022

Artful Flight: Selected Essays 1985-2019 is coming out this month from The Porcupine’s Quill! So grateful for their interest in belles-lettres during the pandemic!

September 2021

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.

January 2021

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.

September 2020

I just have to share the beautiful cover designed by Tim Inkster for my forthcoming book of essays from The Porcupine’s Quill! I could not have hoped for anything better!

August 2020

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!

February 2020

“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.

January 2020

On January 16th, Susan read from What We Carry at the Third Thursday Reading Series in Cobourg, Ontario.

November 2019

WEST COAST POETRY TOUR sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and The Writers Union of Canada

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.

October 2019

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:

September 2019

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. 

August 2019

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.

July 2019

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!

May 2019

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.

April 2019

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.

Feb 2019

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.

November 2018

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:

http://www.ciut.fm/shows-2/spoken-word/howl

October 2018

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:

https://soundcloud.com/scopeatryerson/all-my-books-the-discovery-of-flight-by-susan-glickman

September 2018

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.

June 2018

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.

May 2018

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

February 2018

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.

October 2017

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:

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-beckett/the-woman-beside-the-lake

July 2017

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.

April 2017

On April 22nd, Susan gave a talk about the poetry of Primo Levi and Paul Celan at Congregation Darchei Noam in Toronto.

February 2017

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!coloured music notesDecember 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.

November 2016

On Saturday, November 5th, Susan  participated in a panel discussion about murder mysteries at the Wild Writers Festival in Waterloo, Ontario.

April 2016

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. 

National Poetry Month Niagara

March 2016

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.

February 2016

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.

junction reads

December 2015

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.SUN AND BOOKThe last of the Lunch Bunch trilogy — Élisabeth à la rescousse — is now available in French from les éditions du Boréal!

elizabeth a la recousse

November 2015

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.

oise reading

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.

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October 2015

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 Marketnamed the city’s best farmer’s market by NOW magazine. Buy local and organic literature!

the stop

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. 

the other 23

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.


IFOA

 September 2015

Wednesday Sept. 9th

BOOK LAUNCH for SAFE AS HOUSES

at TYPE BOOKS, 883 Queen St.W.

7-9 pm.

wine and cheese

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.

word on the Street

 August 2015

Susan’s contemporary Toronto novel that is sort-of-a-murder-mystery

aka

Safe as Houses

is available now from Cormorant Books!!! 

safe as houses

(and of course from your favourite independent bookstore)

May 2015

On May 2nd, Susan played bookseller for the day during AUTHORS FOR INDIES at Another Story Bookshop on Roncesvalles.

April 2015

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.

 March 2015

This yummy chapbook just came out.

COCOA CABIN

February 2015

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.

elizabeth dans le petrin

January 2015

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.

December 2014

Susan participated in a local bookfair at the Wychwood Barns Saturday December 6.

griots and scribes

October 2014

Elisabeth et le Super Midi Club est arrivé de Boréal!

Elisabeth et le Super Midi Club

August 2014

NEW BOOK ALERT! NEW BOOK ALERT! NEW BOOK ALERT!

proposed cover safe as houses

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.

July 2014: 

Susan was the judge for the 2014 “Milton Acorn Poetry Prize” for the province of Prince Edward Island.

May 2014:

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.

Boreal

February 2014

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 .70 Canadian poets

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.

esther french cover

December 2013:

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.

November 2013:

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

September-October 2013:

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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

NEWS FLASH!!!

SUSAN  is delighted to announce that Les Éditions du Boréal will be publishing a French translation of her novel, The Tale-Teller! 

 Boreal

June 2013

At 2:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, June 15th, Susan  participated in “The Elegy Roadshow,” reading poetry with Tanis MacDonald and Margaret Christakos in Ruth Roach Pearson’s beautiful backyard in High Park, Toronto.

May 2013

On the evening of Thursday, May 30, Susan was the featured author  at the Literary Levee fundraiser organized by the Atid Chapter of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO. She talked about the research and writing of The Tale-Teller.

April 2013

On Saturday, April 6th at 1:30 pm, Susan read from The Smooth Yarrow at the annual Richmond Hill Library Poetry Gala.

On Sunday, April 7th at 7:30pm, Susan read from The Tale-Teller at the closing night cabaret at the GritLit Festival in Hamilton with Allison Baggio (In the Body), Mark Leslie (Haunted Hamilton), Moez Surani (Floating Life), Matthew Tierney (Probably Inevitable) and live music from multi-talented Gary Barwin and friends.

grit lit

On Friday April 12 Susan gave a writing workshop at the Wellington Public Library as part of the Prince Edward County Authors Festival; on Saturday she gave a reading from The Tale-Teller and participated in a panel discussion on fiction with a great audience at the festival in the beautiful Books & Company store,  in beautiful downtown Picton, Ontario. 

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March 2013

Susan read from The Smooth Yarrow at the Ottawa VERSeFest with Stephen Price and Barbara Langhorst in the “Plan 99” event on Saturday, March 16th at 4 pm at the Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square.

versefestFebruary 2013

Susan gave a talk about the writing of The Tale-Teller at 7 pm at the Barbara Frum Library, Toronto.

January 2013

On January 31, Susan opened the St John’s Catholic School READATHON by making presentations to the students at two different assemblies, the first for kindergarten to grade 3, the second for grades 4-8.

 December 2012

Friday December 7, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Glickman was one of many Susans (Sues, Suzies, Suzannes, Sioux, Susannahs) performing at the Toronto launch of Desperately Seeking Susans at the Supermarket Restaurant and Bar in Kensington Market, Toronto.

November 2012

On Thursday November 8 at 7:00 pm, Susan read from The Smooth Yarrow at Drawn & Quarterly bookstore in Montreal with two other Signal Editions poets: Nyla Matuk and Pierre Nepveu (translated by Don Winkler).

Tuesday November 20 at 8 pm, Susan  read from both her new books, The Smooth Yarrow and The Tale-Teller, at the Thrive reading series in Kingston, Ontario. Her son, Jesse Klein, opened for her with guitar improvisations.

thrive

Monday November 26 at 6:30pm, Susan read from The Tale-Teller and participated in a panel discussion with Cary Fagan, author of My Life Among the Apes, and Dave Margoshes, author of A Book of Great Worth, at the Jewish Book Fair in Vancouver.

JBF

On Tuesday November 27th Susan gave a presentation on The Tale-Teller to grades 8-9 from three Vancouver schools.

On Thursday November 2, Susan gave a plenary presentation on the writer’s life and three poetry writing workshops to grades 4 and 5 from three Vancouver area schools.

Then at 6:30 pm,  Susan read from The Smooth Yarrow and participated in a panel discussion about poetry with Rhea Tregebov, author of All Souls, and Isa Milman, author of Something Small to Carry Home at the Jewish Book Fair.

On Friday November 30, Susan read from both The Smooth Yarrow and The Tale-Teller to students at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton.

October 2012

Susan read from The Tale-Teller at Type Books at 883 Queen Street West in Toronto on Tuesday October 23 at 7:00 p.m, with authors Missy Marston, author of The Love Monster and Mark Frutkin, author of A Message for the Emperor.

On October 30, Susan participated in a marathon reading from 7:30-9:30 pm to celebrate The Toronto Women’s Bookstore at 73 Harbord Street, which, sadly, is about to close. 

September 2012

The Tale-Teller comes out!

The official launch was held on September 20th, at the beautiful Nicholas Hoare bookshop, 45 Front Street East in Toronto, from 6-8 pm.

 Susan read from the “Lunch Bunch” books at the children’s area of the wonderful Eden Mills Festival on Sunday, September 16.

On Friday September 21, CFRC 101.9fm’s “Finding a Voice”  showcased the forthcoming anthology Desperately Seeking Susan, which includes this Susan’s work, among other online from 4-5 pm edt  at www.cfrc.ca. Hear it on:  http://findingavoiceoncfrcfm.wordpress.com/

Susan signed The Tale-Teller at the Cormorant Booth at Word on the Street, at noon on Sunday, September 23rd. 

August 2012

Susan read at The Art Bar. (Worried that Toronto audiences may be a tad tired of hearing my poems…

July 2012

Susan read poetry at Pivot at the Press Club on May 11th, as a former Montrealer, with current Montrealers Stephanie Bolster and Darren Bifford.

 June 2012

A couple of poems from The Smooth Yarrow and photo of the author appeared in the Montreal Gazette June 16.

 May 2012

Very busy month for SG, what with

a) Launching The Smooth Yarrow at the Wychwood Community Gallery on May 10th, 7-10 pm, SO much fun, so many friendly faces, and an amazing cake in the shape of a pile of books, courtesy of the sweet and generous Kelly Peterson.

some of the audience at the Barns!

b) Reading from both The Smooth Yarrow and my upcoming novel The Tale-Teller at the 2nd annual conference of the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs down at Humber College on Saturday, May 12th.

c) Reading poems from The Smooth Yarrow at a mini-launch at  Hot Sauced Words at 8 pm, May 17th at the Black Swan Tavern. hotsaucedwords.ca

d) and then again, at the Plasticine reading series, 6 pm, Sunday May 27 @ The Central, 603 Markham St. for the Plasticine Poetry Series

April 2012

Susan gave a reading from new work at the Draft Reading Series at 2 pm on Sunday,  April 22,  at the beautiful S. Walter Stewart Library in Toronto.

The Smooth Yarrow will be coming your way by the end of the month! This my sixth title with Signal Editions. I am absolutely delighted with the cover design by the always brilliant David Drummond. Have a look at David’s fabulous work at http://www.daviddrummond.blogspot.com/

 

March 2012

Remember to change your clocks forward by one hour at midnight on March 10th. And something else to put the spring in your step: Bernadette to the Rescue is coming your way!

February 2012

On Friday February 3rd at 10:30am, Susan signed Bernadette in the Doghouse at the Ontario Book Publishers Organization booth at the Ontario Library Association Super Convention down at the convention centre on Front Street in Toronto. She also made a short presentation about the book as a member of CANSCAIP (the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers).

December 2011

In case you didn’t hear, I was not the winner of the Montreal Poetry Prize and its fabulous booty ($50,000). Guess I won’t be putting new windows in the house after all. On the up side, I was introduced to the work of many poets I wasn’t familiar with, including the winner, Australian Mark Tredinnick, and an American writer named Robert Wrigley.

November 2011

UPDATE: On Finding a Copy of Pigeon in the Hospital Bookstore” has made it onto the short list of the Montreal Poetry Prize. (If you already had your fingers crossed for me, could you now please add your toes? Thank you kindly!)

This is the largest prize ever offered for a single poem; a tactic presumably designed to get a little respect for an art form too often overlooked in contemporary culture. An international panel of judges has weeded through thousands of poems sent in from all over the English-speaking world to arrive at the shortlist of 50 from which UK poet Andrew Motion will pick the final winner in early December.

Over at http://montrealprize.com/anthologies/global-anthology/#2011ShortlistPoetsite you can read two poems a day from the shortlist. We’re also supposed to produce MP3files so that the curious can listen to them being read by their authors; click on the link which follows to hear my dulcet tones (and some very odd background noise from resident poltergeists):

On Finding a copy of pigeon.

September 2011

On September 22, Susan read her essay from Slice Me Some Truth at the Wolsak and Wynn launch at Ben McNally Books.

On Sunday September 25 at 1:30, Susan signed copies of  the second “Lunch Bunch” book, Bernadette in the Doghouse, at the Second Story booth at WORD ON THE STREET.

August 2011

What I have in my hands right now! You can have a copy too, if you head off to your favourite bookstore …

May 2011

Susan read at the Art Bar in Toronto with Carla Hartsfield and Rachel Zolf on May 24. There probably were all kinds of scintillating events I should have noted since December, but I couldn’t get onto my web-site to update and no longer remember what I did! I promise to keep this page more up-to-date from now on.

December 2010

Susan read at the legendary Yellow Door Coffee House in Montreal on December 2.

May 2010

On May 21, Susan read at a gala literary fundraiser at Ryerson University to launch the Motherhood Institute. Other readers included Miriam Toews, Afua Cooper, and Rishma Dunlop.

April 2010

It’s National Poetry Month. Hug a poet today! (Better yet, buy a book of poetry.)

Susan read at the Parliament Street Library on Tuesday, April 6th with Adam Sol and Olive Senior.

ANNOUNCEMENT!!  ANNOUNCEMENT!! ANNOUNCEMENT!!

THE TALE-TELLER, A Canadian Novel of Swashbuckling Adventure, has been accepted for publication by Cormorant Press for 2012 publication. Thanks to my agent, Alisha Sevigny of The Rights Factory, for arranging the deal.

March 2010

Susan read both poetry and prose for the “Lit Live” series in Hamilton, Ontario, on March 7th  at the Sky Dragon Centre. (Tried to avoid standing next to the exceedingly tall Michael Winter, but failed, because he’s such an entertaining raconteur …)

February 2010

Susan’s long poem “Comings and Goings” made the short list for the CBC Radio/Air Canada literary award.January 2010

Susan read new poems from her next book, The Smooth Yarrow, at the Rowers Reading Series at Harbord House, Toronto, January 4th, 7:30. (Probably shouldn’t be reading these poems yet, but I’m so tired of my old ones.)

ANNOUNCEMENT!! ANNOUNCEMENT!! ANNOUNCEMENT!!

THE SMOOTH YARROW, my sixth collection of poetry, is to be published in Spring 2012 by Signal Editions of Vehicule Press, publishers of my five previous collections.

July 2009

Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch receives a starred review in Best Books for Kids and Teens 2009, from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre!!

January 2009

On Sunday January 18th, Susan read at the Side Space Gallery, 1080 St Clair West, in conjunction with the opening of the “Life in the Cemetery” Exhibition, and then at the Plasticine Reading Series. A poetry double-header! Will wonders never cease?

Susan did a signing of Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch on January 30th at the Kate Walker booth at the Ontario Library Association Convention and picked up some YA fiction and a couple of nice pens in the process. Also a flashing plastic football–how cool is that? And chocolate ladybugs. Got to love those trade shows! (R.I.P. BOOK EXPO)

November 2008

Margie Wolfe, publisher of Second Story Press, announced that Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch has inspired her to create The “Gutsy Girl” Series.

Susan appeared live on CFRU radio, Guelph, November 29, interviewed by host Kyle Mackie on “Kidstime.” The topic was lunch.

September 2008

Susan’s first children’s book, Bernadette and The Lunch Bunch, has just been published by Second Story Press. Go buy it. NOW!

On September 25th Susan read at Ellington’s Music & Café, 805 St Clair Ave West, as part of the St. Clair “Artwalk.” (A lady walked out during the reading! I hope it wasn’t because I said a naughty word …)

May 2008

Susan visited the book club at Holy Blossom synagogue in Toronto on May 13 to discuss her novel The Violin Lover. This month she also attended the Writers Union of Canada AGM and admired the hard work done by so many of her colleagues to improve the lot of writers in Canada.

April 2008

Susan read at the Deer Park Public Library in Toronto, April 17.

March 2008

Susan read some poetry, and presented a paper entitled “Angels, Not Polarities: Poetry and Prose in the Work of Bronwen Wallace,” at the Common Magic Conference at Queens’ University on March 8th. (The paper is posted on this site under the link titled “Other Writing.”) 

December 2007

Susan participated in a soiree to celebrate Jacques Rancourt and the Festival Franco-Anglais de Poésie at the Alliance Française in Toronto, December 4. (a really nice venue with exceptional food and drink, as one might expect, though oddly enough, the red wine was Spanish!)

Susan also read some poetry by Margaret Avison at the annual Art Bar “Dead Poets Society” reading at Clinton’s Tavern in Toronto, December 11. (A wonderful Toronto event, always interesting. Other tributes this year included AR Ammons, Dorothy Parker, William Matthews)

October 2007

Susan read at Queens’ University in Kingston, October 16 (excellent crowd, excellent questions, as always)

Read at The Jewish Public Library in Montreal, October 17. (Wow! what a great turnout. Gracious too, with lovely food)

And then at the McGill University English Department, October 19

July 2007

Susan was invited by the CNIB to record The Violin Lover as a talking book for the blind. Sitting in a little recording room by myself, reading the whole book out loud from beginning to end, was a very cool experience. It was as though I’d never seen the text before.

June 2007

The Violin Lover wins the fiction prize of the Canadian Jewish Book Awards!
The awards ceremony, with speaker Robert Fulford, champagne and strawberries, took place June 21 at the Leah Poslun Theatre in Toronto.

April 2007

The Violin Lover makes the longlist for the ReLit Award. Three years ago Running in Prospect Cemetery was nominated. Maybe this time I’ll get lucky!

Susan did a poetry reading with Erin Knight at Hart House, University of Toronto, April 10

February 2007

Reading to and discussion with residents of Shalom House in Hamilton, February 8; including a long-lost relative I found through writing The Violin Lover!

January 2007

Book Club discussion with members of Congregation Darchei Noam, Toronto, January 27. My first experience of discussing The Violin Lover with people who’d actually read it — what an honour!

December 2006

“Books and Bagels” reading and discussion at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Toronto, December 3. Excellent coffee. Excellent questions from the audience. And happily, no gate-crashing drunks.

November 2006

Fiction reading with Alan Cumyn and Goran Simic at the GritLit Festival, Hamilton, November 5. An added pleasure was enjoying the wonderful exhibits at The Art Gallery of Hamilton, where the event was held.

Group poetry reading November 19, and a presentation of The Violin Lover with music by violist Macey Cadesky and violinist Agnes Klinghofer at the Vancouver Jewish Book Fair, November 20. My dream reading! A dialogue between literature and music. Mozart and Bach mostly.

Solo Reading at the Winnipeg Jewish Book Fair, Winnipeg, November 21. The JCC is a beautiful place. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time for a swim.

April 2006

Fiction reading with Camilla Gibb and Yann Martel at the Blue Met Festival, Montreal, April 8.

Fiction reading with Martha Baillie and Linda Holeman at the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, April 20. (During our subsequent interview with Nigel Beale, poet Rob Mclennan kept making funny faces at me from the back of the room, rendering it difficult to proceed with dignity.)

March 2006

Launch of The Violin Lover at Nicholas Hoare Books, Toronto, March 22. You should have been there! An itinerant boozer crashed the event, demanding a drink. When we asked him to leave, since this was a private party, he retorted grandly “I AM a private party” and absconded with a two-litre bottle of red wine.

Also did a solo reading at Queen’s University, in Kingston on March 29. The students were scrupulously well behaved. (Did Professor Carolyn Smart bribe them? Must ask her!)