The first camping trip I ever did alone, at the age of 22, was probably outside the norm: I chose the high Arctic. Polar bears, pooh! I only learned later in life that camping scientists take rifles with them on the tundra.
Okay, I admit to a slight fear of polar bears. This is healthy. Read More
I can’t think of a more superb topic for writers to mull than risk. For myself, there are so many moments of risk in my memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur some people have asked me why I did the trip in the first place. Read More
Join author Shelley O’Callaghan for a short
presentation on her personal journey to uncover
the history of her family’s “summer cabin” at
Chilliwack Lake. Read More
With the redress settlement and the rise of Japanese Canadian writing, I noticed a new stereotype has emerged in the Canadian public. Japanese Canadians are law-abiding, cooperative, timid, quiet, friendly, persevering and non-complaining (despite the redress campaign). Read More
I can’t pretend I don’t have a complicated relationship with writing despite knowing that the essence of the process couldn’t be more simple: “Show up and it will come”. (A mantra plagiarized from Elizabeth Gilbert. Read More
At a time when commentators on the nightly news talk almost calmly about the renewed threat of nuclear war, one of the necessary responses is to think again about what we hold dear, and about those things we would preserve. Read More
When I was a little girl I loved the carousel at the fair but my favourite ride was a rocket space ship because it made me feel like I am traveling in the sky among planets and stars. Read More
As any reader knows it’s always risky to chase a whale – and I’ve pursued Moby Doll three times longer than crazy Captain Ahab searched for Moby Dick. Read More
“Risk” is something I’ve never quantified or even thought about, because my expectations have always been so low.
Growing up in Nova Scotia, to suggest that you wanted to write books or plays was like saying you wanted to join the circus as a fire eater. Read More
Increasingly, I have come to dislike both the limits of genre and the invisibility of process. With The Ghost Orchard, I wanted to push at both of these boundaries by mixing non-fiction, memoir, and fiction, and by showing the research for the book as part of the book itself. Read More