Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Closing in on 30

Since launching just last August, AuthorsAloud has steadily grown, and we're now within a breath of 30 readings. That's triple the number we began with, and testament to the enthusiasm of Canada's literary community. Watch for more big names to appear in the days and weeks ahead.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Quarrington steps to the mic

Half a lifetime ago, back when I was a Toronto magazine editor yearning to write, I sidled up to Paul Quarrington at a party. I didn't know the man, but I'd read and loved Whale Music, and had seen and loved Perfectly Normal, and I'd thought, 'Damn, he's doing exactly what I want to do; his career defines my ambition.' So when I saw him in the crowd, I felt I should share this with him, as a compliment. When I reached him in the crush of shoulders, I told him, without introducing myself, "I want to have your career."

As I recall, he blinked, grinned, and said something suitably sardonic like, "Well I'm using it right now."

Roughly fifteen years later, when I'd finally written my first novel, I asked my editor to see if Paul would read it, in the hope that he would give me a quote. He did, and the quote he gave me was essentially my first good review.

I'm sharing all this with you so that you understand how pleased I am to be able to include a Paul Quarrington reading in AuthorsAloud. Paul did the reading in a recording studio, where he was laying down tracks for a CD with his band, Porkbelly Futures, and I love the rock'n'roll texture the studio mic gives his voice. Be sure to give it a listen.

I also want to alert you, in case you haven't noticed, to the number of other new readings we've added recently. The poetry selection is really starting to flesh out, with recent contributions from Heather Haley and Tracy Hamon; and GG nominee Kathy Page, who has led one of the most interesting lives a writer could, is in the fold as well with a reading from her novel, Alphabet. So click around, there's lots to hear.