Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Ten Questions with David Derry

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Ten Questions with David Derry

Toronto writer David Derry will be reading from his first book, Sentimental Exorcisms (Coach House Books), on Tuesday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m. at McNally Robinson at Don Mills. See Open Book's events page for details.

Open Book: Toronto:

Tell us about your book, Sentimental Exorcisms.

David Derry:

Sentimental Exorcisms is a collection of tragicomic satire in which repressed sexuality finds an outlet in surprisingly well-articulated places. Packed with lies, it’s a bald confession: by turns you’ll find yourself in stitches, unnaturally itchy and feeling smug and superior.

OBT:

Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

DD:

No.

OBT:

Describe your ideal writing environment.

DD:

I’m not particular in that respect and, if I’m onto something, can write wherever time and space allow.

OBT:

What was your first publication?

DD:

A story in PRISM International, which won that magazine’s short fiction contest (and is included in this collection).

OBT:

Describe a recent Canadian cultural experience that influenced your writing.

DD:

The annual office Christmas party.

OBT:

If you had to choose three books as a “Welcome to Canada” gift, what would those books be?

DD:

The Collected Poems of Al Purdy; Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje; The Refrigerator Memory by Shannon Bramer.

OBT:

What are you reading right now?

DD:

Iris Murdoch after Iris Murdoch.

OBT:

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?

DD:

Read what you love (but love promiscuously).

OBT:

What advice do you have for writers who are trying to get published?

DD:

Read and write, read and write, read and write; reverse and repeat.

OBT:

What is your next project?

DD:

I’m working on a novel that’s funnier and more lamentable than anything I’ve written before.


David Derry lives in Toronto. Having been seduced by farming, boat-building and chauffeuring and having flirted with academia, he more recently discovered the insular pleasure of drafting and amending contracts, where we find him today, working as a legal assistant. Sentimental Exorcisms is his first book.

For more information about Sentimental Exorcisms please visit the Coach House Books website.


Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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