Thursday, April 23, 2009

bs is born

black snow was officially launched tuesday night. it was a great evening - about 70 of us filled the company house for the party. one's funeral is about the only other event where all your favourite people gather and you sit/lie on a little stage in front of them.

dave rodenhiser, erstwhile daily news columnist, helped me out by interviewing me before the reading. we discussed the joys and sorrows of writing, the death of the daily, and egyptian belly dancers. he then surprised me with a quiz on the explosion. i flunked out on the name of the mont-blanc's captain and what exactly was on her decks, but i did nail the number of the dead. i then cheered which, in retrospect, might have seemed crass.

metro ran this great article on the book monday and a herald article is set to run on sunday. i was at the maritime museum of the atlantic yesterday to do a photo shoot for the herald. as i sat on the faux wall of rubble in their explosion exhibit, the looped doc on the disaster was playing a witness's description of a naked man she saw staggering toward her minutes after the blast. skin peeling like wood shavings, he stumbled and asked, 'where am i?' he became a sailor and formed the opening of the explosion sequence in bs.

the herald also signed me up for a 12-part travel column this summer, starting late june. the same adventures are (hopefully) going to eventually become a travel book for next year. i have been pleasantly day dreaming about this for some time - time to get on with the actual adventuring!


  1. Congratulations! I was talking to someone the other day and they mentioned that there was a new novel about the Explosion coming out. Now I know who it belongs to:)
    Travel column, what a wonderful way to spend the summer.

  2. thanks! and the travel column should be great fun. if you happen to hear of any interesting places/people in nova scotia...