We had a memorable night at The Garnet in Peterborough. Thanks to Leigh, Andrew, Andrew, Teri, and Janette for the stories and chats.
Fun fact: in the 90s, Andrew Forbes and I both worked at Ottawa's CD Warehouse, and were both fired for ridiculous reasons by the same person. I've started a support-hashtag over at Twitter to try and collect more entertaining firing stories: #sackedbyjanice
Thanks to everyone who came out and made last night so special.
Special thanks goes to:
Bryan Prince Bookseller, for hosting and making me feel so darn welcome.
Invisible Publishing, who gets things done with such class (and who is taking a chance on me, a rookie author!)
The Hamilton Public Library, for sponsoring the event and for being such an amazing place to work.
Sharon Porty, my sis, for being the event photog.
To all the family, friends, neighbourhood folks, library patrons, and random souls who took the time and went out of their way to support me—you're such a big part of why I do what I do.
"Washed (Or, the Cleanest I Might Ever Be)," which was longlisted for the 2015 CBC Creative Nonfiction Award, has been picked up by The Puritan, one of Canada's coolest literary journals. It will appear in May in the Spring 2016 issue.
...the day a writer realizes that his biggest literary accomplishment is out there and running.
I've talked about it for months, held it in my hands, read from it in front of eager listeners, and chatted about it at an amazing literary festival, but today is the day my debut novel officially gets launched into the world.
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Thanks, everyone, for your support—this is quite a ride.
So GritLit 2016 has come to a close, and it was an amazing weekend. Thanks to Jennifer, Jessica, and all the GritLit crew for herding us author-cats and pulling off a memorable and amazing experience.
20 things to note from the weekend, from one newbie author:
1. Hold book low during readings to show more face.
2. Tuck shirts in.
3. Rabbit "wings" are not a repeat.
4. Pulled-rabbit pizza on puff pastry with a mushroom marinara and cilantro-oil drizzle is a life-changing repeat.
5. Paté is only good when I can't taste the liver.
6. Having a hospitality lounge for authors to grab light refreshments is a very good thing. (I can point to two meals that would've been missed otherwise.)
7. Talking to readers and other writers is a buzz.
8. Having a reader go out of her way to locate me at the festival so I could sign her copy is a humbling and privileged reality.
9. Signing books for readers is THE sh-t.
10. Nino Ricci eats a really big breakfast.
11. Nino Ricci's overnight bag is a small daypack.
12. Nino Ricci let me drive him to the GO station.
13. Nino Ricci takes the GO train.
14. Hamilton is rising. Pay attention.
15. Anakana Schofield digs meaning from industrial places.
16. GritLit is a perfect festival. Readings and chats surrounded by art. Boom.
17. John Terpstra let me drive him home in a snowstorm.
18. Local beer in the hospitality suite = classy.
19. Kerry from Bryan Prince Bookseller was there the whole time. The. Whole. Time. Kerry & the BP crew = dedication to good reading and writing.
20. Must block all of April 2017 off in my calendar for next instalment of GritLit. You should, too.