Monday, January 18, 2010

will write for food

i'm joining three of 'atlantic canada's finest writers' at the halifax club this thursday for a literary lunch.

i was relieved to learn that at 32, i still count as a young scribe. you can read the herald article here. come on out! a $25 lunch seems a pretty good deal for such a swanky locale.

clearly, i need to get some cooler facial hair if i'm to keep up with the others.

funnily enough, i just interview ryan turner last week for an article i'm writing for atlantic books today. both ryan and ian colford have recently released short-story novels and i'm exploring if this disjointed, read-in-any-order format has found a new life in the blog new world.

one of the questions i'm hoping comes up in the panel discussion is: why are atlantic canadians such great story tellers? because i'm not convinced we are. where are the famous literary accounts of the genocide that almost wiped out the mi'kmaq when europeans first arrived? about contemporary life for first nations? where are the books about the black experience? about modern life in general?

i like ryan's what we're made of because it does just that - modern halifax, free of rural family dramas.

as he's quoted as saying in the article: "We live in a very different world than the one that our parents and grandparents experienced," said Turner, whose tales highlight the lives of young people in present-day Halifax.

we've got to build something for future historians to write about...
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