Update: Action Packed April and an Award Announcement!

Hello everyone, just sending a quick update about my doings as Winter finally cedes to Spring. Lots of stuff happening and a special…
AWARD NOMINATION ANNOUNCEMENT! I’m excited to announce that my novel The Archaeologists is up for an award — the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher presented by the Manitoba Book Awards. (Okay, it’s not the Giller Prize, but it’s still cool…) Good luck to all the authors and the publishers on the shortlist!
Ebook now available: Also the e-book version of The Archaeologists is now available on Kobo for the sweet sweet price of $6.99! Nook too! Other versions coming soon…

Peterborough, ON: Next week – Wed. March 29th, 7:30pm, I’ll be reading from The Archaeologists FREE at Traill College, Junior Common Room, Scott House, along with two great Peterborough talents: Devon Code reads from his new novel Involuntarily Bliss and Janette Platana from her latest A Token of Affliction. It’s a great lineup! Details and poster here.

Hamilton, ON: Returning to my old stomping grounds of The Central Library (where I was writer in residence a few years back) to launch The Archaeologists in Hamilton! Hal Niedzviecki, Sally Cooper, Joe Ollman, Christine Miscione. Saturday, April 22nd at 1pm. Free. Central Library, 55 York Boulevard.

Toronto, ON: LitBang! Pop Up Shop featuring Broken Pencil and the works of Hal. Starting April 7 and throughout the month, my books will be on sale at this ultra cool pop up shop put on by Feathertale Magazine! There will be crazy low prices, super deals on Broken Pencil Magazine and other cool literary journal type reads, plus new BP merchandise including t-shirts, buttons and even a pencil case! It’s in the Ossington and Queen area, so drop by. Here’s all the info.


I’ve written a piece of what I’m calling fictional memoir. It’s a piece about a minor author asked to give a talk about his book about the future to a college in suburban Detroit. (Sound familiar?) Anyway, the piece is appearing in the Spring issue of SubTerrain Magazine, so sign up to get yourself a copy!
Stuff you might have missed:

The Archaeologists on CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers: Recently, I talked with Shelagh about the themes of my new novel, why I serialized it online, and more! You can listen to the full interview at your leisure here.

The Archaeologists in the Winnipeg Free Press: A great review of the novel! “A mystery wrapped in a study of psycho-social malaise, The Archaeologists is an intriguing and gripping portrait of contemporary Canadian life.” Read the whole thing here.

New Article: I had the honour of contributing a piece to the great UK site Dark Mountain. It’s called “Trump and the Anti-Future Age” and you think you know what it’s about, but I think this piece will surprise you! Give it a read here. (I also contributed a longer piece for their upcoming book length anthology, more on that in a future newsletter!)

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