I'm very excited to announce that I'll be appearing with Celebrity Chef Sang Kim on his new show @DishingItWithChefSang. Filming starts in March and will be airing on TAG TV in April, 2018. It should be hot and spicy! Stay tuned....
I had a very busy fall visiting writers' festivals across Canada. The Vancouver International Writers Festival was especially wonderful this year, but so was Calgary, Kingston, Waterloo (in the form of the Wild Writers Festival) . . . Along with so many readers and writers, I am enormously indebted to everyone who organizes, runs, volunteers, and attends these festivals. They are such inspiring times for writers and readers.
I'll be visiting Kitchener/Waterloo again at the end of January, for the Appetite for Reading Book Club. You can learn more about this fun event here: http://www.appetiteforreading.com/about/
I also have events coming up in the Maritimes, Calgary again, and hopefully Montreal. These are still in the planning stages, so please stay tuned.
As ever, thank you for reading . . .
A few words about The Change Room :
My last four books are heartbreakers. They explore how adults and children survive (and do not survive) violent rupture: war, dictatorial repression, imprisonment, physical and mental abuse by governments and by families. I’ve been educated in the arts of political resistance (and the work of love+hope) in Myanmar, along the Thai-Myanmar border, in Iraqi Kurdistan, in Palestine, in Morocco, in Canada by extraordinary people who’ve shared their personal and communalstories with me. Their generosity as teachers and friends have made me into the writer and the person I am today.
As an artist, though, I began to find myself running on empty. I needed to lift my eyes away from valiant struggle--at least for a little while. As a writer and a woman, I needed to enjoy and delight in my work again. Why does this feels like a shocking thing to admit? Because it is shocking. Most of us do not openly celebrate pleasure and delight; as adults, we forget how to play. In The Change Room, I relearn how to play—and guess what? IT’S SO MUCH FUN!
Enter Eliza Keenan, her demanding job, her sparking sense of humour, and her lustful misbehavior. Enter Shar Radfour and her chosen métiers (sex work, slow sex, and psychology). Enter Andrew Taylor, Eliza’s handsome, loving husband with his bemused mathematician’s view of the universe (and of his wife). And enter their two rambunctious children, bringers of delicious, love-filled messes, anxieties, and responsibilities.
In the midst of all this, centre stage, in all its disturbing, forceful glory, enter Sex as one of the main characters in the book, and in life. Sex is the beginning of life, after all: no wonder it preoccupies us. The sex in The Change Room is the kind that most of us do not get enough of. Because we are so busy. Because we’ve been married since 1789. Because the children wake up. Because we don’t want it anyway. Because we feel sick of each other or the world or our jobs or . . .
But who wouldn’t want it, really, if it were elegantly, generously offered? Sublime, mind-blowing, heart-expanding, life-affirming sex? This is what Eliza gets a taste of, with free and beautiful (and younger) Shar. Like countless adulterers and adulteresses before her, Eliza enters into that ancient labyrinth of half-truths and outright lies that lead to . . .
. . . Come on in and see what they lead to. Spoiler alert: the ending is not the traditional one, of perdition and punishment. The woman is not beaten. Her children do not die. All over the world, our cultures and our religions, our ‘values’, and plenty of our novels, still embrace the punishment of sexuality in general and transgressive sex by women in particular.
We’ve had enough of that. At least in my book.