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Butterflies of the Rice Fields shortlisted for the 2022 Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction

Posted on 1 October, 2022 at 11:40

Congratulations to Ian Colford whose manuscript “The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard” won the Guernica Prize! Well-deserved. It was an honour to have my manuscript "Butterflies of the Rice Fields" shortlisted. Gratitude to the wonderful jury members Angie Abdou, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe and Joseph Dandurand for all their hard work and time. Many thanks to Guernica for having this excellent literary award. Thanks so much to everyone who cheered me along. I appreciate the support. Congrats again to Ian!

Samantha's Sandwich Stand makes it on the Radio

Posted on 16 July, 2022 at 11:35

I had a wonderful time at CBC Radio and I am so grateful to the delightful host Robyn Bresnahan, the Ottawa Morning team and Denise Fung for the amazing opportunity and warm welcome. This interview took place on the 19th anniversary of my dad’s death and I like to think he was listening to me speak about his charming yellow grocery store that he operated with my mom. They both worked hard to support our family. If the spirit moves you, check out the interview:

Many thanks! 

Photo of my Dad and Mom in the grocery store in Centretown Ottawa

My sisters and I standing in front of the yellow grocery store

Full Circle Moment

Posted on 22 May, 2022 at 9:25

In the seventies and eighties, I was a student at Elgin Street Public School in Ottawa, Ontario and it was there my love of reading and writing began with the support of the amazing teachers I had, so I dropped off some copies of Samantha’s Sandwich Stand at my old school. It was wonderful to step in the hallways again and remember the hardworking and kind teachers who inspired me many years ago. I struggled with reading as a child and it was through the compassion and patience of my teachers that I overcame and became the writer I am today. I will never forget their kindness. Many thanks to them and to all the extraordinary teachers out there!

Samantha's Sandwich Stand goes on Tour!

Posted on 12 November, 2021 at 15:30

Many thanks to the amazing Suzy and the wonderful bloggers for taking "Samantha's Sandwich Stand" on tour in the New Year. So grateful.

Something uplifting

Posted on 31 July, 2021 at 11:00

Happy weekend everyone! Check out the trailer of my forthcoming children’s picture book Samantha’s Sandwich Stand:

Thanks so much for watching!

Online Pre-Launch Party!

Posted on 24 May, 2021 at 0:00

I am thrilled to announce that my first children’s picture book “Samantha’s Sandwich Stand” will be published by Renaissance Press this fall. I am grateful to everyone at Renaissance for making this happen. Huge thanks to Nathan Caro Fréchette for bringing the book alive with his amazing illustrations! Love and thanks to you all for supporting me on this incredible journey. Please join us for an online pre-launch party taking place Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm. I am so honoured to share this virtual stage with such talented artists. To attend the event you will need to register via Eventbrite:

Thank you! 

Poetry is in the air...

Posted on 26 April, 2021 at 10:15

In honour of National Poetry Month, here’s a video of me reading from my poetry collection Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter. Special thanks to Crystal and everyone at Mawenzi House for putting this together. Thanks for your support!

2021 Faces Magazine Ottawa Awards

Posted on 11 January, 2021 at 14:20

I am so honoured to be nominated under the category of Music & Art (Author) in the 2021 Ottawa FACES Magazine Awards.

Thank you to Faces Magazine for this wonderful opportunity. What a lovely way to begin the New Year!

Thanks so much to my family, friends, publisher and readers for making this possible! Voting ends January 30, 2021. Thank you for your support and here’s to a better and brighter 2021. Stay safe everyone! With love and gratitude.

Grazie, Lu, for everything!

Posted on 20 December, 2020 at 11:10

 Inanna Publications Editor-in-Chief Luciana Ricciutelli

(19 February, 1958 – 14 December, 2020)

I am so sad and shocked about the passing of the brilliant, beautiful and kind Luciana Ricciutelli. I still remember the last time I saw my beloved publisher and friend at the Toronto launch of my novel The Allspice Bath and how she gave me this big, warm hug and welcomed my sisters, too, with the same enthusiasm and generosity. I am so glad I had the opportunity to work with her. I will miss her emails, her kindness, her encouragement and her friendship. She nurtured many writers over the years and gave our voices a chance to be heard. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and children. My deepest sympathy to her family, her colleagues, her friends and everyone at Inanna Publications. Thank you, Lu, for everything. Rest in peace. With love and gratitude.

An evening of poetry and music

Posted on 31 October, 2020 at 11:20

I am so thrilled to announce that my poem “Afternoon Baklava” was an honourable mention in the 2020 John Newlove Poetry Award. Many thanks to the lovely Amanda Earl, Dina Del Bucchia and Bywords for this wonderful opportunity! Huge congrats to Megan Misztal, this year’s award recipient, and to the other honourable mentions Ken Marchant and Judy Marks. If you missed the live event, check it out here:

Congrats to David Groulx for his amazing work and to Kimberly Sunstrum for her amazing voice! Many thanks to the Ottawa International Writers Festival and the Ottawa Public Library for putting this event together. Thanks to all those who tuned in. With gratitude and love.