Blog

Welcome to the blog page of my website. This is where I tell you about the latest happenings in my writing life and express my opinions on things going on in the world of Canadian writing, arts and politics. I’ve been blogging since 2004 and have created an index to the posts that have stood the test of time, which you can access by clicking HERE.

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Remembering Fil Fraser, 1932–2017

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Brian's Blog | Comments Off on Remembering Fil Fraser, 1932–2017

The Globe and Mail called Fil Fraser a “man of conviction and a powerhouse of creativity.” I was glad to have met him.

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Remembering Joe Shoctor, 1922–2001

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Brian's Blog, Theatre | Comments Off on Remembering Joe Shoctor, 1922–2001

Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre is again developing a play for Broadway, something it last tried twenty-seven years ago. The theatre’s founder, Joe Shoctor, was the one who set out in the 1970s to make Edmonton the try-out capital of Canada.

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The surprise winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for nonfiction

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Books, Brian's Blog, Literary awards | Comments Off on The surprise winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for nonfiction

This year’s Governor General’s Award for nonfiction went to an American-based journalist who writes mainly for American publications. I have a problem with that.

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The pollster who got it wrong

Posted by on Oct 21, 2017 in Brian's Blog, Politics | Comments Off on The pollster who got it wrong

Mainstreet Research predicted that political newcomer Bill Smith would defeat incumbent Naheed Nenshi in Calgary’s mayoralty race. The pollster ended up eating crow.

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Don’t let your books go out of print!

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Books, Brian's Blog | Comments Off on Don’t let your books go out of print!

My advice for any author whose book has been delisted from a trade publisher’s catalogue.

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