Half of a cross country tour! Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver

By a stroke of luck and the help of friends, my next round of touring will take me across the country in a way that almost seems coordinated! Thanks to The Dundurn Group, The Writers Union of Canada, and the Vancouver International Writers Festival for helping me with my travel costs. And of course, thanks to the organizers of these events for making it all happen.

If you’re in Montreal, Edmonton, or Vancouver, come say hello!

The [Not-So] Local Legends Reading Series, Wednesday October 19th, 2011 / Doors @ 7pm, Starts at 7:30pm promptly, The Concordia Co-op Bookstore, 2150 Bishop Street, Montreal (Metro Guy-Concordia)

Exposure, Queer Arts Festival, Edmonton, Thursday, October 20th, 6:30-8pm, Leva Bar

Vancouver International Writers’ Festival, Saturday October 22, 2pm and 8pm. I’ll be  on two different panels. Check out the fest’s full schedule here.

British Columbia!

Touring is a tricky thing for authors. On the one hand, it can be a lot of fun to check out new places and meet readers. It’s also risky. Travel is expensive and you never know how events will turn out. Sometimes the room is full and you sell plenty of books. Sometimes the media takes interest and helps to spread the word. Sometimes not (for both).

Despite these huge unknowns, I’m excited about my upcoming summer trip to Victoria and Vancouver. July is supposed to be the very best weather for this western province (which already has better weather than Ontario). Plus, I’m going to see some old friends and attend some great events.

On July 23rd, I’ll be at Cadboro Bay Books in Victoria. We’ll be sitting out on the terrace. Join us for book conversation, refreshments and sunshine from 7-9pm.

I’ll be visiting the iconic Vancouver bookstore,  Little Sister’s for a second time (they hosted me back in 2007) on July 26th, 7-9pm.

After that, I’ll be attending the Salaam Queer Muslim Community’s Inshirah Conference July 28-30th. All are welcome to attend. I’ll be reading/hosting an open mic on July 29th at 6pm and will be attending Vancouver’s Pride Celebrations with Salaam on August 1st.

I hope to see some of you there!