Happy new year! I started my 2017 in-studio at CJRU 1280 AM in downtown Toronto, where Jacky Tuinstra Harrison hosted me for an interview on All My Books about all things Hamburger, short story, CanLit and more. Listen in below!
The first few months after releasing a book–especially a first one, I would think–are a strange period. The elation dissipates, but so too does the anxiety. All the running around that comes with launch preparations and sending out review copies (and incessantly googling yourself afterward) and well-timed reading events catches up to you. For a time, you just sleep a lot. If it’s summer, you go to the beach. You travel. You watch baseball and you play baseball (or at least, if you’re me, you do). You start to get worked up about not writing much new material; you get really worked up when you reread the new material you do write and remember that the book you’ve just put into the world also once looked as bad as this mess of a new draft. You try really hard not to, but if you’re moving into fall you start thinking about awards season, and how to show absolutely no emotion when your lottery ticket predictably doesn’t come in. You start to wonder if maybe your little moment is over, too; you did some events, you got some press, you sold some books, and now it’s on to the new publishing season and the new books by other people. You accept that you’ll get back to that wonderful just-released-your-first-book glow one day…
And then some really good things happen:
- You take over your university alumni association’s Twitter feed;
- Your alma mater shouts you out in their magazine, too;
- You finally do that super-fun interview with a great writer friend, the interview you both agreed to save until after the initial “buzz” had died down;
- A writer friend invites to you for a weekend in Montreal, to join him on-stage–at Matrix‘s Lit Pop Reading Series, no less;
- You meet an eager literary thinker like Charles Gonsalves and he asks you some awesome, tough, wide-ranging questions;
- You bring new material to your workshop for the first time in months;
- You get to know more writers and read their excellent work;
- You perform in a play of sorts, for the first time in 10 years;
- You meet up with your bigger than ever group of comrades and draw up the biggest year yet for the reading series you help run;
- You get another book review;
- You realize your next reading event, the one that seemed so far off when you booked it, is just around the corner!
I’m charged up for the fall, friends. And I’m writing again: improving Nobody Looks That Young Here in short bursts and drafting that next book, too. I hope to have more events booked soon, and maybe a couple more bookstore visits just in time for the holidays.
Thanks for reading!
Andrew-Woodrow Butcher of The Winnipeg Review said all the nice things about Hamburger, including this about “Three Deaths of James Arthur Doole”, the last and longest story in the book, in which a Canadian family family travels to Europe to visit an ancestor’s war grave:
“Perry layers the ordinary with subtle complexities that push us into new territory… This is not a story of unreliable voices, or ambiguity, or shocking information that overturns previous understanding. This is a story about how reality is complicated and polyvalent. ‘Three Deaths of James Arthur Doole’ is simultaneously earnest and ironic, simple and intricate.”
And in Quill & Quire, Alex Good said, “Perry’s shorter pieces are the most successful: narrow slices of contemporary life dealing with characters who seem to have just missed epiphanic moments, as though being late for a bus.”
See you Monday at The Central in Toronto (603 Markham St.)! Also, be sure to check out the little Q&A I did on the Rowers blog: https://rowerspubreadingseries.wordpress.com/rowers-online/.
On June 6 we are back home at The Central!
Join the Rowers Reading Series for a stellar June evening of poetry and prose featuring Dietrich Kalteis, Shane Rhodes, Jess Taylor and Daniel Perry. Readings begin at 7pm.
We gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets.
Dietrich Kalteis’s third novel Triggerfish will be released June 1st, and his fourth, House of Blazes is scheduled for release in October. The National Post calls his second novel The Deadbeat Club, “A breakout for Kalteis, doing for Vancouver and Whistler what George V. Higgins did for Boston, and Jean-Claude Izzo does for Marseille.” Crime Syndicate Magazine calls it “a breakout effort from a rising star in Canadian crime fiction, and one of the best books this year.” His debut novel,
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Hamburger hits the road! Five dates in the next three weeks or so:
Friday, May 27, 7:30pm
Chapters South London
1037 Wellington Rd. S.
Saturday, May 28, 2:00pm
Middlesex County Library
34 Frank St.
Thursday, June 2, 7:00pm
Niagara Literary Arts Festival
w/ Puneet Dutt, Stan Galloway, Kristen Smith & Terry Trowbridge
Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara Falls History Museum
5810 Ferry St.
Monday, June 6, 7:00pm
Rowers Reading Series
w/ Dietrich Kalteis, Shane Rhodes & Jess Taylor
603 Markham St.
Saturday, June 18, 2:00pm
76 Barrie View Dr.
Can’t make it? You can order your copy of Hamburger here!