Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

All Good Things Have Got To Start Somewhere

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So I've had Nelly Furtado's "All Good Things Come To An End" in my head all day today (so much better with Chris Martin, if you can find that version) and for good reason. I had my book launch last week, and instead of celebrating for one night like a normal person, I stretched "Book Launch Day" into "Book Launch Week" (or "Book Launch 12 Days," if you want to be specific). I took a bunch of days off work, started the week with a trip to Niagara Falls, ended it with a trip to Canada's Wonderland, and managed to smush in the middle a Leafs game, a Raptors game, the Ontario Science Centre, the Metro Toronto Zoo, the IMAX, and numerous trips back and forth to the airport to pick up family and friends who came in town for the launch, much eating and drinking...

Oh, and the writing related events. The Book Launch (capital B, capital L) on Tuesday night at the Gladstone, which was amazing and silly and went by way, WAY too fast. And a trip to Kitchener/Waterloo for The New Quarterly Fall Issue Launch, where I read with Rebecca Rosenblum and Carrie Snyder (and brought a posse of my UBC peeps in a bit of a convoy). And much signing of books. And talking about books. And talking about writing, most of the time with people who don't know much about writing -- something I find difficult at the best of times.

And now I am sitting in a hotel in Ottawa. Goodbyes have been said, family and friends are gone, and it's back to work tomorrow. But yet... here I am, sitting in a hotel in Ottawa! At 8:30pm I will take the stage at the Ottawa Writers' Festival with Alexandra Leggatt, MAC Farrant and Lisa Foad to talk about short stories. Next week, I'll be on the road to Montreal and Halifax to talk some more and read some more. So really, good things are just beginning for me. And I'm ready! And I'm excited! And I'm going to have to start singing Joel Plaskett instead of Nelly Furtado.

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Amy Jones

Amy Jones's short fiction has appeared or in several Canadian publications, including The New Quarterly, Grain, Prairie Fire, Event, The Antigonish Review, maisonneuve and 08: Best Canadian Stories. In 2006, she was the winner of the CBC Literary Award for Short Story in English. Her first short fiction collection, What Boys Like, is the winner of the 2008-2009 Metcalf-Rooke Award and is published by Biblioasis.

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