Autumn: Interviews, Reviews, Events

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:


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!

Two Reviews of Hamburger!

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.”

Happy to receive the coverage! Read the full reviews here and here.


June 6 reading back at The Central

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:

Rowers Reading Series

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 KalteisDietrich 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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The 2016 “Oh, Sorry, I’m Not a Food Truck” Tour

Hamburger hits the road! Five dates in the next three weeks or so:

Friday, May 27, 7:30pm
London, ON
Chapters South London
1037 Wellington Rd. S.

Saturday, May 28, 2:00pm
Strathroy, ON
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
Toronto, ON
The Central
603 Markham St.

Saturday, June 18, 2:00pm
Barrie, ON
Chapters Barrie
76 Barrie View Dr.

Can’t make it? You can order your copy of Hamburger here!

Launch Day! 7pm, Victory Café, Toronto

Now that the launch is finally here, I realize I might have done things upside-down.

My so-called tour has been underway for more than three weeks. The first event was at Draft Reading Series, which I had to schedule about a year ago, but I still got copies in time—a full week before the publication date—thanks to the inspired hustle of Thistledown Press. And though the nature of the Draft is such that I had to read something unpublished, I still made my first in-person book sale. I signed my first copy, too.

A week later, I read from the book for the first time—not the stories in the book, the physical book—at Words at the Wise. My writing workshop pals plus a few more friends came and bought copies. Some people I hadn’t met before bought copies, too. It was like a mini-launch. I also made my first trade with another author.

I appeared at Pages Unbound Festival the weekend after that, too, where I gave my first-ever craft talk.

So today, biggest of the big days, I’m sitting at home three hours before launch time and I’m kind of aimless; I booked a half-day off my job to deal with final preparations, or last-minute issues, or Oh-My-God-This-Is-Actually-Happening panic attacks, but there have been none so far.

I bought a new pen on the way home from work, a fancy felt-tip one, for nicer signatures; beyond that, I think the only thing I plan do to tonight that I haven’t done before is lug a giant box of books down Bathurst Street on the 7 bus.

Everything’s already happened: the book’s in the world. It exists. It’s on store shelves and in ebook form, too. I’ve done some interviews, and I’ll do some more. I’m still “on tour”, too—London, Strathroy, Niagara Falls, Barrie and one more Toronto event before the end of June—and hopefully I’ll get a review soon. I hope I’ll succeed at pretending I didn’t read it. Before long, I’ll get back to finishing my next book, too, which is what I was doing before all this mad fun began.

But to all who’ve asked in the last few days how I’m feeling on the cusp of the launch?

After a pretty intense year—finishing the book, doing the edits, arranging the promo, organizing a launch—I feel… free. And surprised to feel that way.

But I also feel great. I feel so great that I think I’ll have a party tonight.

I hope you’ll join me.

Hamburger launches TONIGHT, upstairs at Victory Café in Toronto! Doors open at 7pm. Admission is free. Books will be available for $20; tax included, cash only. Special guest readers include André Babyn and Shari Kasman, plus music by Braden Mutch. Some light snacks will be available, and drinks and other food can be purchased at the bar.  

Pages Unbound Festival: Saturday, May 7

This Saturday, 4pm, at Jackman Hall at the AGO, I’m appearing as part of an event called WORK, alongside authors Joni Murphy and Malcolm Sutton, as well as multimedia collective Tough Guy Mountain. I’ll be talking about work as it appears in my fiction, and more generally about the relationship between work and fiction.

Kate Barss from Pages Unbound interviewed me on their blog, about jobs I’ve had, the work of writing, and more. Check it out here, where you’ll also find a link to get tickets.

See you Saturday!