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Book News, My Virtual Launch, and an Issue 30 Sneak Peek!
with Gary Barwin, D.M Bradford, Michael V. Smith, and Sandra Ridley
I’m interrupting this regularly scheduled newsletter to let you know about some book events I have coming up and to share a sneak peek of Issue 30!
My debut short story collection was released on September 19th by Book*hug Press.
Last month, I wrote about how I’m approaching marketing and promoting my book. So far so good. Just because I do it, doesn’t make it easy. I will be writing more in the coming months about my adventures (the ups and downs) in hopes that it helps other small press writers.
Because I know the book graveyard is hard on my heels, I’m trying to do whatever I can to help this little book reach readers in its first year. I’m passionate about my subject matter and themes—my autofictional #metoo stories, the connection between violence and environmental crisis, climate grief, and mental health.
In addition to publishing and sharing the work of others, Send My Love to Anyone has been an important part of my writing process. In fact, I started it in order get over writer’s block. I don’t think I could have completed my book without it, and, of course, my amazing editor, Malcolm Sutton, who also designed the book and cover illustration.
Over the last three years, I’ve written both directly and indirectly about the creation of this book. I wrote about having trouble getting focused and how ADHD impacts my writing, I pondered what we owe the people we write about, I shared an excerpt, I confessed to dealing with performance anxiety, and I explained why I didn’t used to write about periods. I also included a companion essay to my story “Contest” about a haiku controversy I was embroiled in many years ago.
I have some book events coming up which I will share below!
You can expect Issue 30 of Send My Love to Anyone at the end of the month. For now, enjoy a sneak peek—excerpts from Gary Barwin’s essay collection, Imagining Imagining: Essays on Language, Identity and Infinity and D.M Bradford’s new poetry book, Bottom Rail on Top.
Have a new book out? I’ve updated the About page. While I don’t take pitches or submissions at the moment, free or paid subscribers are welcome to send along their book or event info, press releases, or arcs for consideration for excerpt publication or mention in Gatherings.
Please note, I may not be able to respond to all requests.
Please join me for the virtual launch of Anecdotes on Sunday October 15, 2023 at 3:00pm (PST) | 6:00pm (EST)
But I’m pretty excited about my virtual launch on October 15 which will be hosted by Junction Reads, an amazing prose reading series in Toronto founded and run by Alison Gadsby.
Tickets are PWYC, starting at $5.00 which normally go to the author, but I’m donating all proceeds from this event to Raven Trust.
Free tickets are available by contacting Alison.
Anecdotes Book Tour
Hana Shafi (People You Know Places You’ve Been) will be joining us in Montreal.
I’ll also be reading at the Writers Read Series at Concordia University (see poster below) and Wordsfest in London, Ontario (details TBA)
7 Tragicomic Books that I Love, 49th Shelf
For 49th Shelf’s blog, I wrote about 7 Tragicomic books that I Love. Funny-sad is my favourite thing to read. I hope you read and enjoy these books as much as I do.
I’m not going to lie, keeping up with all of this is difficult especially because I have ADHD. By the way, I just found out October is ADHD month, so I thought I would share my post from last year about my own experience getting late diagnosed. I can’t take the meds so navigating it without any relief is a constant struggle.
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They are both stunning poets, and I know you will love these poems as much as I do.
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