November 23, 2009

Just back from a surprise birthday trip to Paris. (Free ticket—don’t hate me!)

Best meal: soup a l’oignon, steak with Roquefort sauce, patates frites and mousse au chocolat at the economical Côte d’Azur in Montmartre.
Best moment: twilight on the roof of the Arc de Triomphe. (Frommer’s is right—it’s the best view of the city, bar none.)
Most memorable moment: getting stuck in the World Cup Soccer craziness when France beat Ireland and missing the last subway across town. (And we think Toronto closes early. Thank goodness for all-night busses!)
Most sentimental moment: accidentally coming across the Carnavalet Museum in Le Marais, where Marcel Proust’s bedroom has been recreated with his actual furniture.

November 6, 2009

It's been a rockin' kinda week, starting with a very fun launch of The Honey Locust at Nicholas Hoare Books (thanks, guys!), and then an evening as a featured writer at the prestigious Writers' Trust Awards dinner at the Four Seasons. These events were followed by a dream performance of songs I composed for soprano Lilac Cana at the funky Ars Audet fundraiser for ACT--on my birthday, no less! The stars are shining nicely these days.

November 3, 2009

A superb launch for my new novel, The Honey Locust (Cormorant), at Nicholas Hoare Books last night. Thanks to everybody who came out! I look forward to seeing you all again before too long.


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