Wednesday Links: a kind of serendipitous book recommendation

It’s rare that I get a book recommendation that I haven’t in some way sought out. They come either from friends (or are books written BY friends) or through some podcast or website that I went to specifically to find something to read. This one’s different. I accidentally clicked on a sidebar ad somewhere, probably Book Riot, because I’ve been spending way too much time there lately. At first my reaction was, “How the hell did I end up here?” Then I read the blurb, thought it sounded interesting, and started reading the excerpt. It’s on my to-read list now. How cool is that? (And to Harriet Reuter Hapgood’s publicity person, yes, the ad worked, even if totally by accident. But a good accident.)

Right. On to the links!

First, I’m going to keep reminding folks that I have an e-mail newsletter and you should totally sign up for it. for my advice on writing, news about upcoming publications, and free stuff. And Adele GIFs.

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(still in love with this)

Okay, moving on.

Woo! Congratulations to my friend Sierra Skye Gemma for winning a National Newspaper Award for this piece in The Globe & Mail.

A conversation with a massage therapist, by the fantastic Francine Cunningham. I especially love that there’s an audio clip on that page of her reading her piece. It’s always nice to hear work in the writer’s own voice; even more awesome when it’s someone you know who’s far away.

And while you’re at it, a fantastic poem by my friend Chris Evans.

Why do you make?

Christian Baines on shifting genre gears, a topic close to my heart since as someone once described me, I’m kind of a genre chameleon.

Is it even possible to read every story published in a year? Most impressive.

Write music, not words.