Telling Tales Literary Festival this Sunday

One of the country’s best book festivals takes place this Sunday in Rockton, Ontario, just outside of Hamilton. The Telling Tales Literary Festival is a celebration of words — written, spoken, sung — and great books.

I’ll be working with budding young journalists to teach some cool interviewing techniques. And we might even have some “special guests” drop by to be interviewed!

See you there

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Coke bottle eerily relevant–again

My son and I went on a baseball trip to middle-of-nowhere West Virginia a couple of weeks ago.

A lovely–but remote–little American town with nothing (much) but a baseball diamond and a general store. I’m sure the residents would argue that there isn’t “nothing” there but I’m also sure they would agree with me that in this context, there is “nothing” there. One of them even jokingly referred to it as “Hicksville.”

Anyway, the mom of a boy on my son’s team said, “Did you notice that your son’s name is on a Coke bottle in the general store?”

Now, my son doesn’t have a common name. In fact, I’ve only heard of a couple of other kids with his name. And yet there, in the middle of a very small town in WV, in a general store, in a back refrigerator, on a Coke bottle … there it was.

Oh, and I gave it to Bennett in the dugout (he was finished playing for that game) and predictably, he drank it and threw away the bottle. Luckily, anticipating this, I had taken a photo of the bottle before giving it to him.

Deja Vu All Over Again
You may recall that I’ve had a similarly eerie Coke bottle experience with my novel, Sliding Home. You can read the whole post here, but essentially, I put a some money in a vending machine on Centre Island (!) and out popped a Diet Coke with my novel’s exact title on it. I didn’t even notice until I was about half-way through drinking it.

So, thanks, Coke, for narrating my life in a really weird way.

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Join me at Yorkdale Indigo, April 29, 1-4

Come and talk to me about The Blues or baseball or Christie Pits or writing or … whatever you want!

I’ll be signing copies of Sliding Home, along with fellow author Nancy Miller, who is debuting her first YA novel Gang Girls.

We’ll be upstairs, near the children’s books.

Hope to see you there!

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Continuing your writing education

I am doing an MA, Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire.

The program is in conjunction with a program by the Humber School for Writers.

They asked me about my MA journey, and posted this Q&A. If you’re interested in furthering your writing education, I highly recommend the Humber/UoG MA program.

Click the link below for the Q&A.

https://creativearts.humber.ca/programs/school-writers/news/qa-with-joyce-grant-about-u-gloucestershire-ma.html

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