News for January/February

News for January/February

First of all, I received word of a Canadian release date for Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World: May 7, 2013. Mark your calendars! Please.

Secondly...oh my freakin' God! It's...

THE COVER!!! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but I feel like I've waited most of my life for this. Check it out! And feel free to tell me how much you love it.

                                        Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World by Janet E Cameron

 More news! The opening of Cinnamon Toast is available to read in Issue 14 of The Maple Tree Literary Supplement, an online literary journal focusing on Canadian writing with an emphasis on diversity. You can access it right here! Yann Martel's in this issue too. Give it a read.

On January 29 I gave my first ever public reading - at Trinity College Dublin, for the students of the M Phil in Creative Writing, along with a few of the Irish Writing students. I was terrified, but I think it went okay. I read for fifteen minutes from Chapter 3 (Stanley and Maryna get married) and Chapter 5 (House party at Lana's), then chatted with everyone for a bit and read ten minutes from Chapter 21 (Stephen and Stanley have a confrontation). The audience was thoughtful and considerate, and came up with some very good questions, which I did my best to answer - though I could feel myself waffling sometimes. Then I went for a much-needed pint at Kennedy's and a few of the students were nice enough to join me.  

Two articles of mine were published with www.writing.ie. One was a feature on Kindles and how they're ruining reading. You can also find it on my blog. The other was a short review of my friend Sheena's book Alberta Clipper. Sheena published this novel herself - a big risk, but it's been paying off very well for her. An inspiring example.

I stuck to my promise to count down 65 80s songs to the Irish release of Cinnamon Toast. Will I make it to the end? Stay tuned. In the last week of January, I brought in some guest posters to shake things up a bit. One of them was the magnificent Leigha Worth, who wrote a blog post about it called Shameless Plug. Thanks, LWC! I'm open to taking on more guests if you've got a song and a story to tell. And shameless plugging is more than okay by me.

Finally, at the end of December I got some fancy photos taken - the session was a gift from my wonderful sister, and these are the results. Check it out, Fiona! Was your gift wasted? I don't think so!

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But I promised some friends that I wouldn't post any glamour pics without also showing you...the reality!

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 It could happen to you. And it should.

 

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