It was my week to hang out with some very Cool Canuck Chicks. First up was Luba Goy, one of our national icons, whose Luba Simply Luba was on at the Berkeley Theatre. Her one-woman show gave us an afternoon of laughs and joy, Luba-style, as La Goy traced her roots from a German work camp, where she was born and where her parents had been incarcerated, all the way across the waves to Canada. Touching and true. And it didn't hurt to tipple a glass or five with Luba and friends afterwards at the Distillery District.

Next I had the great pleasure to hang out with Farzana Doctor, author of Six Meters of Pavement, currently short-listed for a Lambda Award. We got together mid-week at the 40th anniversary party of Dundurn Books in the Arts and Letters Club. The Farz and I yucked it up in front of the camera and, amid all the frippery, managed to carry on some pretty feisty conversations about the Recently Single status we've both acquired. If we both go on to gain a Bit Notorious status as well, it won't bother us one bit.

Finally, my week was complete with a long-awaited visit from Canada's reigning Queen of Crime, Gail Bowen, on tour with hubby and long-time companion (44 years!), Ted, while promoting Kaleidoscope, Gail's thirteenth Joanne Kilbourn mystery from M&S. Always the gallant host, Ted stirred and shook a bucketful of martinis, while Gail and I yacked on (and on) about the current state of Canadian publishing, and then some. Not only is she one of the great mystery authors, she's also a terrific gal to know and hang out with!

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