Book blurb for fun: They Don’t Run Red Trains Anymore

Image: The cover of Heidi Von Palleske’s They Don’t Run Red Trains Anymore. A painting of a woman in an evening gown, who appears to be clawing her own eyes out, a trickle of blood streaming down her right cheek. Ancient architecture in the background, with light and shadow playing across the interior space. PaintingContinue reading “Book blurb for fun: They Don’t Run Red Trains Anymore”

Scarborough film adaptation in theatres

Those who’ve been following me on Twitter have seen me shouting out the film adaptation of Catherine Hernandez’s acclaimed debut novel Scarborough, screenplay by Hernandez, produced by Compy Films—co-directed by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson—and distributed by levelFilm. I was happy and honoured to play a small part in this labour of love. And it’sContinue reading “Scarborough film adaptation in theatres”

Book blurb for fun: Hate Story

Image: Hate Story cover, designed by Brett Bakker. The grim reaper rises up between silhouettes of a man and a woman, speech bubbles floating like ghosts. Subtext reads: Online shaming is a myth … or is it? Above the title, a blurb from Giles Blunt, bestselling author of the John Cardinal mysteries: “From Twitterized mobthinkContinue reading “Book blurb for fun: Hate Story”

Free arts event – Weston: Then & Now (Mar 25-27)

Image: Poster for Shakespeare in Action’s upcoming event Weston: Then & Now, featuring a photograph of Central United Church (1 King St., York, ON). Graphic design by Lizzie Moffatt. Shakespeare in Action (SIA) has an upcoming free arts event—Weston: Then & Now! at Central United Church. Here are the details… Weston’s very own Central UnitedContinue reading “Free arts event – Weston: Then & Now (Mar 25-27)”

Call for submissions: Nightwood Theatre’s Fempocalypse 2022

Image: Fempocalypse 2022 Neo-Stalgia logo, featuring the title “Fempocalypse 2022” in neon pixelated font and the word “Neo-Stalgia” in script font, with a linear globe image to the left of it and a cursor arrow to the right. Graphic design by Natércia Napoleão. Hey, all—Nightwood Theatre has a call for submissions for this year’s Fempocalypse.Continue reading “Call for submissions: Nightwood Theatre’s Fempocalypse 2022”

Life lessons from Scrabble

Image: A pile of Scrabble tiles, with the A, U, Q, R and T tiles on top. Photo by Wokandapix on Pixabay. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been playing a lot of Scrabble. And we’re talking old-school board game Scrabble, not online or via an app—and, since I live alone, it’s Player 1Continue reading “Life lessons from Scrabble”

Finding my voice again: a work in progress

Image: A vintage microphone, with sound waves vibrating in the background. Photo by stux on Pixabay. It’s been almost two years to the day since I posted my intention to take a break from the blog to consider a new direction—ruminations that ultimately resulted in the transition from a reviewing platform to one of personalContinue reading “Finding my voice again: a work in progress”

Guest post: Jeff Cottrill on the inspiration for Hate Story

Image: Hate Story cover, designed by Brett Bakker. The grim reaper rises up between silhouettes of a man and a woman, speech bubbles floating like ghosts. Subtext reads: Online shaming is a myth … or is it? Above the title, a blurb from Giles Blunt, bestselling author of the John Cardinal mysteries: “From Twitterized mobthinkContinue reading “Guest post: Jeff Cottrill on the inspiration for Hate Story”

Word of the year 2022

Image: The word “kindness” carved into a river rock, on a bed of river rocks. Photo by Allihays on Dreamstime. Several years back, I was inspired by Boss Lady Mondays co-host Lisa Humber to start choosing a word to live by for the year. For a couple of years, my word was LOVE—in the senseContinue reading “Word of the year 2022”

Call for artist submissions: Jan 12 deadline

The word “ART”, spelled out vertically in well-loved wooden alphabet blocks. Photo by the blogger. Hi all, just received this alert from the folks at Shakespeare in Action: CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Shakespeare in Action, Central United Church & The Weston Historical Society invite artists to submit works or proposals for a three-day public art event, Weston:Continue reading “Call for artist submissions: Jan 12 deadline”