I was lucky to be flown to Montreal for the CBC Literary Awards/Blue Metropolis Lit Fest, a co-celebration with French winner Sarah Desrosiers. Besides the award ceremony, I got to spend much of the weekend with my old friends Michael Hendricks and Rene LeBoeuf, with whom I was a co-litigant in Canada’s same-sex marriage case. Also, I got to hear Shelagh Rogers interview one of my favourite novelists, Heather O’Neill, re: her (said to be glorious) new novel “The Girl Who Was Saturday Night.” I spent a terrific night carousing with an old friend who happened to be in town with her mom, the redoubtable author Marguerite Andersen, and I met (and really hit it off with) the talented 2007 CBC winner Shelagh Plunkett, whose writing I hope soon to catch up on, and Lisa Moore (<3). Christopher deRaddo launched his new novel “The Geography of Pluto.” Luminato swirled past: Richard Ford, Dany Laferriére etc. Then a high school chum and I drove up through Charlevoix for a few days.
Thank you Shelagh Rogers and Aylin Malcolm for putting up with my nerves.
Here is an interview link for an interview conducted by Aylin Malcolm:
A reading link:
And here is a photograph of the big screen which had the winning stories spooling over it: