News for the Summer

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First of all, behold the cover of the new small paperback edition, featuring Stephen's feet! I love it, myself. This edition also includes questions for book clubs and a Q&A with the author (me!). It'll be available in Ireland and the UK from the first week of September and in Canada from January 2014.

What else does the future hold?

Well, I'll be giving a reading at the Irish Writers' Centre with Niamh Boyce, author of The Herbalist and fellow IWC Novel Fair babe. It's at 1 pm on August 31. Here's the poster (left, below) and you can click here for more information. Please come along.

IWC posterAnd I just found out some wonderful news: I'll be taking part in the International Festival of Authors in Toronto in late October. Hooray! Besides the fact that this is an incredible big deal, October's my favourite time to be in Canada. I couldn't be happier. Details to follow.

I'll also be taking part in the Dublin Book Festival in November, as part of a panel of newly published authors. I'll have to work on my panel discussion skills before then - the last time I was in one I spent most of my time cracking lame jokes and wondering why I'd worn such terrible shoes. At one point I burst into song. So, yeah. Have to work on that.

Now - what did I leave out? Only the last three months! Here's what happened.

In May I went on tour to Canada and had a fantastic time. If you'd like to read about it, here's my short-term tour blog. And here's a piece I wrote about the tour on In May I was also lucky enough to get a chance to guest edit the National Post Blog for a few days. I had four articles published on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. My article about my days in a hippy cabin in Nova Scotia got quite a response from some ex-hippies who knew the area. Fantasy writer Seymour Hamilton interviewed me for his blog and Spider Robinson the science fiction author read my book and liked it! Yahoo! I had to explain to him that he was not Stanley, because I actually had people in the area asking me about that, seeing as Stan's nickname is Spider.res-pile of books at bookmark

In June I went back to Ireland and to teaching - a bit of a let-down, really. But this was short lived because in the first week of June Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World got a full-length, positive review in the Globe and Mail! I was ecstatic. A few weeks later there was another good review, this time in Quill & Quire. Over the summer there were a few more media mentions, and I also found out through Google that a few people in Canada had featured the book on their blogs, which was fantastic to see.

In July I completed the second draft of Novel 2. It's a big freakin' mess and I may have to throw it away, or cut it hugely, or eat it or something. We'll see. It's going to take a while. I also took part in a panel discussion at the launch of the 2014 Novel Fair at the Irish Writers' Centre, with Niamh Boyce and Patricia Deevy of Penguin Ireland. How did it go? Well, like I said, I'll have to work at this panel discussion thing.

Now it's August! On the 18th I'll be another year older, but it's been a great year, so I don't mind so much.

I'll sign off with some of my favourite pictures from the summer. Clockwise: At the Box of Delights in Wolfville, N.S., the front window of The Bookmark II in Halifax in the third week of May, the front window of Paragraphe Books in Montreal in early June, in the front of the store at a Chapters outlet in Calgary in July, me at The Beaches Library in Toronto, another one at the Box of Delights, with my friend Brenda at the launch in Vancouver, with friends at a reading at The Beaches Library in Toronto.

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"...astonishingly good....a juicy coming-of-age story...also an important read." The Globe and Mail

"...poignant...heart-wrenching. This stunning debut will surely appeal to both teenage readers and adults." Quill & Quire, starred review

"Witty, devastating, with a melancholy humour..." Sunday Business Post

", top drawer stuff..." BGE Book Club

"...warm, witty, heartfelt and utterly engaging..." The Irish News

"A stunning debut. I loved it." The Irish Examiner