"Edson’s vivid portrayal of the urban area, as well as the working class and underclass, creates a vision of Saint John that highlights the discrepancy between the pre-modern idyllic notion of life in Atlantic Canada and the more complicated reality of the region."

-The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Writerly advice from Mordecai Richler...

When I was in university I was frustrated with my lack of success in writing and so I wrote Mordecai Richler, asking if he felt he was doing it all for nothing when he first started out. Here was his reply...

More pics from WFNB Wordspring 2013...

One hand in pocket, other
on face; not exactly proper
form for public speaking.
(photo by Lee Thompson)

Chatting with Beth Powning
(Photo by Lee Thompson)

Friday night reading
(Photo by Lee Thompson)

Saturday night, with Richards


WFNB Wordspring 2013

Me and David Adams Richards (Photo by Lee Thompson)
I traveled to NB the weekend of May 10 2013 to accept the David Adams Richards Prize for my manuscript of The Moon is Real. I met lots of writers, including Riel Nason, Beth Powning, Lee Thompson, and old friends and fellow writers Sue White and Thomas Hodd. David Adams Richards came and presented the award--what a special thing that was for me to see him again. The last time we met was back in 2011 in Hamilton where he was reading from God Is. His wife Peg came along too. I hadn't seen her since 2005. It was great seeing them and to read for them and my friends and family.