Just before Christmas of 2015 I got a delightful call from Michael Gnarowski, editor of Dundurn’s Voyageur Classics series. “What do you think we can do about getting Philip Child’s novel God’s Sparrows back into print?”
To celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of White Jade Tiger, Dundurn is publishing a new edition — complete with a brand new cover. The text got a makeover too.
It’s not often (actually never) that I get to tweak a manuscript years after it’s been published. I’d reread the book a few times, but one reads differently in editor mode, and I was astounded by what I discovered. It wasn’t the typos (a couple) or unnecessary space breaks or excessive adjectives (that I happily cut). It was the memories.
I bought my second sailboat, the first one big enough to sleep on, in 2003 when I was living in Halifax working as an editor at The Chronicle Herald.
It was a 1982 Tanzer 7.5, a beat-up 24-foot fibreglass boat, and when I bought it, it was sitting on the hard, as sailors say, in Chester, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, an hour from Halifax.
Tell us about your book:
The Oakdale Dinner Club is a comedy of manners about a group of people who start up a monthly dinner club in a leafy commuter town. Food, sex, humour, a little telepathy – the novel has them all, and would make a great summer or vacation read.
How did you come up with the idea for this work?