Ottawa FACES Magazine Awards Nomination
|Posted on 29 January, 2023 at 10:15|
It is wonderful to have been nominated under the category of Music & Art (Author) in the 2023 Ottawa FACES Magazine Awards. Thank you to Faces Magazine for this amazing opportunity and to my family, friends, publishers and readers for making this possible. If you would like to vote, please click on the photo for the Music & Art category, find the sub-category Author, then vote and add your email address. Voting ends February 15th. I appreciate your support. With love and thanks.
I am very grateful
|Posted on 26 November, 2022 at 15:50|
Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by my book table at the Fall Art Show. It was wonderful to meet new readers. Special thanks to Barbara and the rest of the crew at Art in the Neighbourhood. I am very grateful for the support.
A lovely afternoon filled with books and readers
|Posted on 30 October, 2022 at 10:40|
I was fortunate to spend a lovely afternoon at Indigo South Keys in Ottawa. This is a charming store filled with books, book lovers and staff members who truly care about their customers and authors. Thank you so much to everyone who came to see me at the book signing! It was wonderful to meet new readers and to catch up with family and friends. I very much appreciate the support. Special thanks to Tamara, Allana and the rest of the team at Indigo South Keys. With love and gratitude.
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:
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.
|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:
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!