Capping off an exciting 2018, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Christine Cowley for Storylines on Hunter’s Bay Radio, 88.7 FM in Muskoka. Hear the program below!
Nobody Looks That Young Here is in bookstores, and this weekend, so am I! If you’re in Toronto, come by Coles in the Beaches this Saturday between noon and 3pm to pick up your signed copy. Event details are here, hope you can make it!
Also, this month, I’m honored to be Open Book’s Writer in Residence! I’ll be posting on their blog all month long, and four posts are already there. Swing by and take a look, and if you see one you like and want to pass on, by all means please do tweet it or share it on Facebook. (They also did this fun interview with me at the start of the month.)
Third thing: I read at Word Up in Barrie on the 12th, and holy crap, we made the papers. Plus, here’s a photo from the organizers Linda Laforge and Aaron Reynolds!
Thanks to so many of you who’ve come out to events so far or otherwise supported the new book!
*New June and July dates added!*
My new collection of stories, Nobody Looks That Young Here, is coming to your town, to help you party it down… I look forward to seeing you on one (or more!) of the following dates!
Sunday, April 22, 4pm
Oakville Literary Café
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E.
Monday, May 7, 8pm
Words at the Wise Reading Series
1007 Bloor St. W.
Sunday, May 27, 3:30pm
Guernica Editions Spring Party
268 Augusta Ave.
Sunday, June 3, 7:30pm
Lit Live Reading Series
The Staircase Theatre
27 Dundurn St. N.
Thursday, June 7, 8pm
The Writer’s Studio Reading Series
4470 Main St.
Tuesday, June 19, 7pm
Toronto Lit Up: Daniel Perry & Julian Samuel
(The Nobody Looks That Young Here Launch Party!)
Dora Keogh Irish Pub
141 Danforth Ave.
Saturday, June 30, 11am-12:30pm
Author Visit & Signing
Oxford Book Shop
262 Piccadilly St.
Thursday, July 12, 7pm
Unity Market Café & Studios
25 Toronto St.
Saturday, July 21, 12-3pm
Author Visit & Signing
Coles Book Store – Beaches
2169 Queen St. E.
Tuesday, September 11, 7pm
Boneshaker Reading Series
Bloor/Gladstone Branch, Toronto Public Library
1101 Bloor St. W.
Monday, October 29, 7pm
Campbell House Museum
160 Queen St. W.
Check back here often, more dates will be added!
Amazon (U.S.) (Canada) (Other countries)
Indigo (Canada) / Barnes & Noble (U.S.)
or at an independent bookseller near you!
This is Currie Township, Southwestern Ontario, where roads crumble, barns rot, jobs erode, marriages suffocate, and kids like Mike Carrion find themselves adrift in it all, scratching their way to adolescence before they either knuckle down or get out of here and never look back. Beginning with the Friday night car crash years before Mike was born, the 17 stories in Nobody Looks That Young Here follow the Carrion family and Currie Township in Mike’s words and those of his parents, friends, and others who’ve already left for the city well aware of what becomes of the people who don’t.
Nobody Looks That Young Here is a book that counts Lives of Girls and Women, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Winesburg, Ohio and the novels of S.E. Hinton as ancestors, and it includes stories published in Exile: The Literary Quarterly (2012 Carter V. Cooper Prize finalist, “Mercy”), The Dalhousie Review, The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, Great Lakes Review, echolocation, White Wall Review and elsewhere.
What people are saying about Nobody Looks That Young Here:
Nobody Looks That Young Here hooks the reader from page one. Perry deftly shows us the beauty and frailty of human connection through ordinary lives and struggles with poverty, village claustrophobia, and dreams of escape. This book of poignant linked stories made me want to get into the car, travel along Highway 402, and find Perry’s small town.
—Farzana Doctor, author of All Inclusive
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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