*So pleased to share that HYSTERIA is on the shortlist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, along with books by Sharon Bala and Lisa Moore, making us a kind of Newfoundland Trifecta for this year’s prize– or the meanest gang you ever saw. You can catch me reading from the book at the Welcoming Reception on June 5, at the GEO Centre in St. John’s– along with authors Terry Doyle, Susie Taylor, and Kevin Major, and Atlantic Book Award nominees Sharon Bala and Mark Critch.
Shortlisted authors Christine LeGrow and Shirley Anne Scott, of Saltwater Mittens fame, will also be on hand with a display of Newfoundland knitwear and knowledge. The event is free and open to the public.
*Starting this week, I’m also on faculty at the Humber School for Writers. If you’d like the support of a mentorship to help you finish your book-length manuscript, there’s still a few days left to sign up! I’ve worked with poets, fiction writers, and non-fiction writers alike, both at Humber and in Creative Writing programs at UBC and MUN. The Humber certificate program can be done from anywhere, and lasts from now until mid-December, giving us lots of time to sculpt that manuscript into shape. Want to sign up? All the information is right here.
*While I mostly have my head down this spring, trying hard to get a full draft of the new novel finished, I will be in Halifax in mid-July as a keynote speaker at the Kings College Humanities for Young People Symposium. I’ll be talking about Fear (yikes!), and my fellow keynote is the estimable activist and journalist, Desmond Cole. The symposium is open to the public, and I’ll post more information on the event as summer draws near.
*Last but not least (not by a long shot!), did you know that HYSTERIA is now out in paperback? Yes she is. And, I have to say, I can’t think of a better summer read for your cottage or lakeside cabin. Order it up right here.
January, the longest month, is finally done! My February plans mostly involve putting my head down and working on a new novel (Part 1 is already done!) and connecting with my scriptwriting students here at Memorial University in St. John’s. I’m looking forward to the release of HYSTERIA in paperback later this month — at the end of last year, I was thrilled to see it land on the Globe and Mail Best Books list, and just this week I was equally thrilled to see the Ontario Library Association Evergreen nomination list includes HYSTERIA, too! Hope you’re staying warm (and curling up with a good book), wherever you are this month.
I’m delighted that I REMEMBER YOU — the UK version of Hysteria, published by Titan Books UK — hits store shelves today! Hysteria has had a fantastic reception here in Canada, and the good vibes are already rolling in from across the pond– witness this great review over at Liz Loves Books.
Heike Lerner has a charmed life. A stay-at-home mother married to a prominent psychiatrist, it’s a far cry from the damaged child she used to be. But her world is shaken when her four-year-old son befriends a little girl at a nearby lake, who vanishes under the water. And when Heike dives in after her, there’s no sign of a body.
Desperate to discover what happened to the child, Heike seeks out Leo Dolan, a television writer exploring the paranormal, but finds herself caught between her controlling husband and the intense Dolan. Then her son disappears, and Heike’s husband was the last to see him alive…
I Remember You goes on blog tour for the next couple of weeks, so you can expect to see more reviews, some sneak-peek extracts, and even a few guest posts written by yours truly. All the dates, places, and details are listed below.
You can order I Remember You from Amazon UK , or find it in bookstores everywhere… as of today! As for me, I’ll just be over here — celebrating with a cupcake or two. Happy book birthday!
Only a week after release, and it’s already been a whirlwind! We had a slam bang launch for Hysteria here in St. John’s — check out some fun photos below! — and today I woke up to find Hysteria taking up some serious real estate in two of the country’s biggest newspapers:
- in the Globe & Mail, Claire Cameron investigates some of the reasons behind the different cover — and title! — in the Canadian and UK editions of the book. Out across the pond on March 27th, Hysteria goes by the name I Remember You in the United Kingdom.
- in the Toronto Star, hold onto your hats, Hysteria gets a humdinger of a stellar review! How happy am I? Mascara-reapplication-level happy, that’s how happy.
Hope everyone out there is having as good a weekend as I am. Here are some of my favourites from our launch party, at Eastern Edge Gallery here in St. John’s.
Local indie Broken Books was on the scene, pop-up style, to help peddle these wares.
Lucky to be reading in a space as lovely as Eastern Edge.
Me with writer Megan Gail Coles, and sister duo Katie and Maria Callahan
City Counsellor Hope Jamieson and family were there to have a good time.
CBC On The Go host Ted Blades with Kathryn King and Holly Hogan
Poet (and my sweetheart) George Murray
A very happy author with poet (and friend extraordinaire) Andreae Callanan
MLA Gerry Rogers with the very charming Jean Kelly Smith
Thrilled to post a great review from this Sunday’s New York Times! Appearing alongside a small handful of new thrillers in Marilyn Stasio’s crime column. Stasio says this: “De Mariaffi delivers the requisite heart-in-mouth moments of pure paranoia, but she balances these thrills with shrewd character studies and the odd nugget of wisdom.”
I’m dying now. RIP Me.
Happy Friday everyone!
This interview on CBC’s amazing flagship book show, The Next Chapter, is actually the first long interview I did on The Devil You Know. We taped it back in December — on my birthday! — and it was old school radio, where I went into the studio and put on the headphones and everything. Shelagh Rogers is the most fun lady in CanLit, and she’s always a pleasure to talk to. Listen to the whole interview here.
Last post for a Friday evening — what a whirlwind this day has been. Two great reviews and a short interview for you — Stacey May Fowles starts off her new column in the Globe and Mail with this fantastic review of The Devil You Know. ICYMI earlier, here’s Sarah Weinman’s awesome National Post review. And a quickie interview I did with Mike Heffernan for Atlantic Books Today. Tomorrow, let’s all sleep in, okay?
A quick video we shot here in St. John’s for The Devil You Know
‘s American publisher, Simon & Schuster. A walk-through on what it was like to grow up in Toronto in the 1980s and 90s, a time that was deeply coloured by crimes later attributed to Paul Bernardo; why women read true crime; and why talking about it is more relevant than ever. (Special thanks to my dream team in production: Latonia Hartery, Ian Vatcher, and Christopher Darlington.)