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Tag: reading

A short story reading on video

Lyric Theatre in Swift Current asked me to record a short story for the “Write Out Loud” component of their Lyric Theatre Digital Stage. I chose to read “Memory Jam” from my collection Paths to the Stars (available from I thought you might enjoy it, too, so…here it is!

One Song of the Sword signing down, two to go

I had a great signing of Song of the Sword Chapters Regina on Saturday–lots of people stopped to talk, and sold about a dozen books over the three hours, which is pretty good for these sorts of things. Next Saturday, June 28, I’ll be in Saskatoon, reading and signing at McNally Robinson at 1 p.m., then …

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News item about my Freedom to Read Week visit to Weyburn

It’s not, alas, from the Weyburn Review, the newspaper I used to edit: instead it’s from Weyburn This Week. The interview was conducted before I made my appearance at the Weyburn Public Library last week for Freedom to Read Week, but didn’t appear until after…and while I appreciate the coverage, it’d have been nice to …

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A new venture: audiobook of Matthew Hughes’s The Other, narrated by me, now on sale

A while back I auditioned for Iambik Audiobooks to be one of their book narrators, and landed my first gig: Matthew Hughes’s science fiction novel The Other, published by Underland Press. I had a great time reading and narrating the book, and now that it’s actually out and on sale, I’m rather trepidatiously awaiting the …

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The science of ebooks vs. print books

[podcast][/podcast] Once upon a time, the word “book” meant only one thing: a stack of paper printed with text and bound together along one edge. These days, though, the word “book” has developed two meanings. You can still read a bound-stack-of-paper book, but you can also read a book without ever touching anything that was …

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My Mayor’s Mega-Minute Reading Challenge speech

As writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library, I was asked to give a brief speech at today’s launch of Regina’s annual Mayor’s Mega-Minute Reading Challenge at Jack MacKenzie School. And rather than ad-lib, as is my wont, I actually wrote something down (not that I read it word for word). Here it is: *** Hi, …

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My Festival of Words schedule

Going to the Festival of Words in Moose Jaw this weekend (or there already)? I’m one of the presenters! Here are my events: Today, 2:40 p.m., I’m reading with Linda Bailey in the South Room of the Moose Jaw Public Library. Today at 5 p.m., I plan to attend the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Reception upstairs …

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Book review: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass is the third and concluding book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments YA fantasy trilogy (the previous two being City of Bones and City of Ashes), and the proof that enjoyed the first two quite a bit (aside from the fact I said as much on this blog) is that I bought …

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What I’ve Just Read: You Don’t Scare Me

You Don’t Scare Me, a supernatural thriller by John Farris, was one of the free books I picked up at this year’s World Fantasy Convention in Calgary, and I had high hopes for it. After all, the cover blurb calls Farris is “A legend among thriller novelists,” and that’s according to Dean Koontz, who is …

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What I’ve Just Read: Queste

Actually, I finished this a couple of weeks ago–I’ve just been slow blogging about. Maybe because I don’t have much to say. If you liked the previous Septimus Heap books by Angie Sage, I’m sure you’ll like this one. If you haven’t read them, there’s not much point in reading this one. I’ve enjoyed them …

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What I’ve Just Read: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Yes, of course I’d already read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, but not for many, many years–probably not since I was a teenager in fact. And you know what? It holds up. For a 40-year-old science fiction novel, it holds up very well indeed. My wife and I read this one together, and she …

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What I’ve Just Read: By Schism Rent Asunder

By Schism Rent Asunder is the second book in David Weber’s new series that began with Off Armageddon Reef. Before I read it someone warned me that they thought it didn’t really work as a stand-alone novel: it’s very much a bridge between what happened in the first book and what’s going to happen in …

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