Fiction

Category: Fiction

"Something has come to pass, you think, something more important than a mere flight over the ravine." Gwendolyn MacEwen, “Fragments from a Childhood”

This sentiment is the epigraph to my new YA novel, The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden. Many thanks to the author's family for kindly permitting me to use it. 

Gwendolyn MacEwen was an award-winning poet who died much too young at 47. I often walk through her Toronto park on Lowther Street and say hello to her statue. 

It was February, 2011. I was sitting at my desk (writing, what else?), and noticed a new email message with the subject line: Congratulations, Philippa!

I almost dismissed it as junk mail, until I noticed the “from” address. Since it was from my publisher, I opened it. My publisher was pleased to tell me that my first book, The Gargoyle in My Yard, had been nominated for a Diamond Willow award, one of the Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Awards, and she hoped that it would be the first of many.

WHAT???

My fifth novel, THE HUNDRED HEARTS, has been nominated for the 2014 Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and I couldn't be happier.  It's not just because of the warm, fuzzy feeling an award nomination gives a writer in his tummy.  Nor is it because of the one-in-three chance of winning a rather large prize purse ($25,000.00, in this case).  It's because the current state of publishing means that for professional writers, there is very little money to be made these days unless one wins a prize, or is at least nominated for one.

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Orillia's Big Read

Posted on July 2 by Ann Birch

Dundurn is thrilled to announce that Settlement, a 2010 historical novel by Ann Birch, has been selected for Orillia’s Big Read 2014. The community reading program, hosted by the Orillia Public Library, encourages Orillians to read and reflect on a single title each year. As part of this year’s ‘Big Read’, September 19th has been declared “Settlement Day” and is scheduled to include an Afternoon Tea Q&A with Ann Birch followed by an evening boat cruise and author reception on Lake Couchiching.

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Dundurn Press has just released an entirely newly designed e-book set of the Jalna series written by 20th-century author Mazo de la Roche. The first book in the popular series, Jalna, was originally published in 1927. Revolving around the Whiteoak family, the books take place in Southern Ontario in a red-brick house called Jalna.

When I was in the preteen phase of my life-long addiction to rock n' roll, my Dad came home from work one weekend with a massive Bell and Howell reel to reel tape recorder. It was love! I held the taxi dispatcher microphone up to the speaker of our home stereo/credenza and recorded songs off the radio creating my first mixtapes.

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