Radio Beijing interviews

For your listening pleasure…a rambling and eclectic three-part interview conducted by Bruce Connolly of Radio Beijing. He was a wonderfully interesting person to chat with, and it’s a shame he edited out his own stories. I suspect he has a much more riveting, and certainly eccentric, story to tell than I do. He’s one of those guys that when you name a place on the globe, any place, he goes (in that lovely Scottish accent of his), “Ah yes, back when I was there in ’72 it was still under dictatorship and this guy I met…” and then you’re off and running on another yarn.

Click on the links below to listen to the MP3 files.

Interview 1

Interview 2

Interview 3

You can listen to more of his work for RBC right here.


Rhubarb Review

Rhubarb Magazine, which describes itself as an “outlet for the Mennonite voice”, did a review of my book The New Northwest Passage in its Winter 2012 edition. I think it’s one of the best reviews of the book written so far, but it’s fairly positive, so I guess as the author I would like it, wouldn’t I?

Frieda Esau Klippenstein, a Parks Canada historian and an expert in First Nations and fur trading history, writes that “There is a brilliant intensity in the descriptions of the changing scenery, of life on-board the ship, and especially of the people and communities at stops along the way.”

You can download the RHUBARB REVIEW right here.



Shanghai & Beijing literary festivals

I’m heading to Beijing and Shanghai to take part in their international literary festivals this weekend, where I’ll be presenting my book, The New Northwest Passage.

I will be in Beijing for the Capital Literary Festival and will be speaking about my book at the Capital M restaurant (No. 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street) on Thursday, March 7, at 7pm.

I will be presenting my book at the Shanghai International Literary Festival on Sunday, March 10 at 11am. The event takes place at the Glamour Bar (No. 5 on the Bund).

Here’s a preview article that ran in That’s Shanghai (scroll to the bottom of the page).

If you’re in Shanghai or Beijing you should check out the festival!