It's been a busy spring so far. Lots of arts funding, travelling, meeting, interviewing, editing and writing.
Two Book Room audio interviews and readings have been published on the web since I last loaded one here on this blog, so let's catch up, shall we?
A little less than a month ago, I spent a couple of lovely, warm days in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - the Paris of the Prairies. I was there to meet with other literature funders from across the country at the Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) literature conference. It was my pleasure to facilitate a session featuring three fascinating and brilliant women discussing the future of Canadian writing and publishing:
Rita Bouvier, Métis poet and educator, community-learning facilitator, researcher/writer; Cynthia Good, Director of Creative Book Publishing at Humber College and former president and publisher of Penguin Books; and, Giuseppina D’Agostino, Associate Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and Deputy Editor, Intellectual Property Journal.
When not facilitating or meeting, I sampled the local food, read some local chapbooks, took in some local art and interviewed a couple of local(ish) authors.
Longtime prairie-man (though born in Brooklyn), Dave Margoshes stopped by my glorious river-view hotel room to talk about his life as a writer and his new novel, A Book of Great Worth:
Dave then read a selection from A Book of Great Worth:
Later, poet, novelist and coordinator of the University of Saskatchewan's brand new MFA in Writing program, Jeanette Lynes, stopped by the room, and we chatted about her 2009 Giller-nominated novel The Factory Voice:
And, of course, Ms. Lynes then favoured me, and the Book Room's resident wild puma, Mordecai, with a reading from her very enjoyable book:
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Of course, while all that was going on, Canada's struggling writers and publishers continued the defence of their rights under copyright against increasingly absurd and obnoxious attacks from well-paid free-culture theorists angered by a recent responsible behaviour trend on campus.
A puma's work is never done.