Check out some of my published stories. Click on each title to read more.

D&M has a road map — and now, deeper pockets

When an e-mail arrived from Douglas & McIntyre last week announcing that the company had been sold, I felt my stomach sink.

From The Vancouver Sun

Accidental Empire

Building a small publishing empire wasn’t what Pat and Rodger Touchie had in mind when they moved from Vancouver to Nanoose Bay back in 1996.

From Quill & Quire


The book club effect

In an episode of the cultish BBC series Absolutely Fabulous, Edina and Patsy host a book club meeting where they (barely) discuss OK magazine and a super-abridged pocket edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

From The Vancouver Sun

The covers we prefer to open behind closed doors

You’re consumed by the characters, the plot, the dialogue. You sneak a few paragraphs while the coffee’s brewing or the kids are brushing their teeth. You just won’t take this book on the bus — or anywhere in public, for that matter.

From The Vancouver Sun


Book Proposals: What you need to know

Jill Lambert was opening book proposals in Doubleday Canada’s editorial offices when the contents of one envelope suddenly showered her in baby powder. The wildly misguided sender explained the stunt with a note that read, “This book is my baby.”

From The Vancouver Sun

A Teen’s Guide to Politics

Months after its headline-grabbing battle to keep Deborah Ellis’s Three Wishes in Ontario school libraries, Groundwood Books is wrestling with more tough political issues in a new young adult non-fiction series.


The Books That Mattered Most

I was 17 years old when I read Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood. It was one of the first novels that kept me engrossed from the first page to the last. With deceptively plain language, Atwood nails the brutal complexity of young girls’ friendships — that intricate dance of love, hate, envy and obsession.

Spreading the (spoken) word

With biting honesty and a riveting stage presence, 29-year-old Vancouver spoken word artist Shane Koyczan is quickly obliterating all the rules of poetry and forging his own literary path.


Lives of the Poets

It takes commitment to keep playing when the stakes are low and tumbling lower all the time. In Canadian literature, that game is poetry.

Suburban design can make you sick

It’s you, a chirpy radio deejay and about 300,000 other vehicles.For most Calgarians, the daily commute means a solitary drive on clogged roads. It’s stressful, and according to health and urban planning experts, Calgary’s suburb-dominated design could even make you sick.

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