Monthly Archives: October 2011

Ottawa Festival: Five by Five

I returned from the amazing Ottawa Writers’ Festival this weekend, after warping young minds across Kanata, Barhaven and Nepean. The Festival staff and organizers are so kind, helpful and generous. An especially big thanks to Leslie Wilson, who organized my school visits, and to the volunteers who drove me around: Lee-Anne Boudreau, Norm McLeod and [...]

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Dead Kid Reviews: Two Outta’ Three Ain’t Bad

It’s Sunday, which means it’s time to recap some recent reviews for The Dead Kid Detective Agency! Luckily, this week, two-thirds of the reviewers liked what they read. And you know what Meat Loaf always says about that. (Fun fact: Meat Loaf appears in the glossary of the book.)
First, we have this nice write-up from [...]

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Dorothy Palmer interviews me at Open Book Toronto

Author Dorothy Ellen Palmer (When Fenelon Falls), who just happens to be one of the authors I publicize at Coach House (insidery!), very kindly interviewed me as part of her tenure as Writer-in-Residence at Open Book Toronto.
She asked me a few questions about The Dead Kid Detective Agency, with particular interest in October Schwartz and [...]

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‘Rollicking Good Fun’

Growing up, I used to see a commercial for a musical (Guys and Dolls, maybe?) that deemed the production a ‘rolling, rollicking juggernaut of joy.’ This recent review of The Dead Kid Detective Agency in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record from Susan Fish is almost as good as that:
‘Let’s hope this book is the start of a [...]

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