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Oct.08.2012
Hi everyone, There are few more exciting moments for a writer than the one when the cover of a new book is revealed.  So, I'm delighted to share with you the cover for my next novel, THE EMPTY ROOM, which will be out in Canada with Harper Collins, May 2013. I must say, I quite love the...
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Oct.04.2012
Okay, so let's talk about that big old heffalumping elephant sitting across the desk from me.  OUR DAILY BREAD did not make it onto the short list of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. On the other hand, I'm not really that disappointed.  To feel...
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Sep.13.2012
We wake up this morning to more dreadful news.  Riots and attacks in Libya, Yeman, Egypt.  Good people dead.  Intolerance and ignorance exploding everywhere. I am prone, as I have said before, to the droops.  The world gets me down.  Some days more than others, and these...
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Sep.04.2012
Well, today started out pretty darn well.  I heard OUR DAILY BREAD was longlisted for the Giller Prize. All prizes are, of course, as much a matter of luck and timing as anything else. I know there were some wonderful books published this year that didn't make it onto the list. I also know...
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Aug.16.2012
There's an interesting piece about literary criticism in the Aug. 15, 2012 New York Times, written by literary critic Dwight Garner, called "A Critic's Case for Critics Who Are Actually Critical."  It's a fun article to read, peppered as it is with just the sorts of anecdotes that make us...
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Aug.02.2012
I have been reading seriously for a long time.  And I can't imagine a life without books.  As someone wise once said, "If you find reading boring, you're not doing it right." Which begs the question, what does it mean to "do it right?" A particularly fine place to read I think the...
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Jul.02.2012
I was teaching a writing workshop on Saturday and the subject of reading came up, as it often does.  Students are not surprised when I suggest that, if they really want to be writers, they also have to be readers. What does seem to surprise some of them, though, is how much reading I...
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May.23.2012
You never know where an idea will pop up Students and readers often ask me how I keep my creative fires stoked, so here's a list I'm working on. They are primarily for writers, but would work for anyone seeking to be more creative. I'll post more as they occur to me: Listen to new-to-you music...
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May.16.2012
  Gustave Flaubert "Talent is long patience." -- Gustave Flaubert A few years ago I lay on the couch in my living room, curled up into a fetal position, intermittently groaning and blinking back tears. I felt as though everything I had worked for had been ripped away from me, as though I...
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Mar.30.2012
I recently reviewed Jeanette Winterson's terrific new memoir -- WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL -- for Truthdig.com.  Here's the first bit: Winterson's scalding new memoir Jeanette Winterson’s novels circle round the same themes—the power of story and mythmaking, the fluidity of...
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Mar.19.2012
  "I've got a few things to say to you." When I answered the phone someone asked, “Is this Lauren Davis, the author?” “It is.” “Well, then,” said a woman’s voice best described as brittle with tension, “I have a few things I want to say to you.” I intuited they weren’t going to be compliments...
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Mar.16.2012
I heard from an emerging writer recently who said she'd been crushed, devastated, destroyed by the feedback she's received on her book, which she recently self-published, and by the lack of sales.  She was so convinced it was brilliant. Now she feels as though readers are idiots or else...
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Feb.27.2012
Last week I received a request from one of the chaplains at the nearby hospital to visit a woman suffering from what may well be the last stages of alcoholism.  This was her fourth time in hospital in twelve months. I admit my heart sank. Although I am part of a fellowship that understands...
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Feb.04.2012
One afternoon some years ago when I lived in the French Alps, I was driving home with my friend Joan, a Liverpudlian (or ‘Scouser’ as she proudly called herself) who lived in the hamlet below my house, which was farther up the mountain.  We had been for lunch in nearby Annecy, a medieval...
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Jan.03.2012
Lawrence Hill, a good friend and hugely successful writer, wrote to me recently to congratulate me on the success of my recent novel, OUR DAILY BREAD, which has been named to the Boston Globe and and The Globe & Mail as one of the best books of the year.  (Yea!) Published by Wordcraft...
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