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April 18th, 2015 • Posted in Grimsby

Do not Miss the Grimsby, Ontario Wayzgoose, April 25, 2015

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Annual Bookarts Fair
Join us for the 
37th Year of Wayzgoose!

always the last Saturday in April!

April 25, 2015, 9am – 5pm

Each year on the last Saturday in April practitioners of traditional book related crafts including letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers and hand bookbinders gather at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery to present their work to the public, renew connections with colleagues and share their expertise with the next generation of artists and artisans.

Started in 1979, Wayzgoose was a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with an attendance of between 2000 and 2500 people. Participants and visitors come from across Ontario, from Quebec and from the North Eastern states. There are also often a few travelers from Europe, Japan and across the U.S. who find their way to Grimsby to enjoy and appreciate this fascinating craft.

Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. This annual book arts fair brings together private presses from all across Canada and the United States representing the renewal of old friendships, the beginning of new ones, and the appreciation for handmade book and paper arts. 

Demonstrations and displays of paper making, book binding, calligraphy, paper marbling, and book making celebrates the love of fine art, fine craft, and stories.

April 15th, 2015 • Posted in Bookstores, Mallorytown

Video: Literary Tourist Destination of the Day – A&E Books, Mallorytown, Ontario

Visit A&E Books online here. Check out the Rapid Valley Restaurant here.

April 15th, 2015 • Posted in Peterborough, ON

The Literary Tourist and Clinical Depression

Lift locks at Peterborough, Ontario

There is a pattern in my life. Every six or seven years (it started at age 28), I fall into a severe clinical depression brought on by unsustainable levels of stress. In the midst of researching my first Literary Tourist City Audit (TM) in December 2013, (an idea I´d had several years prior whilst visiting Rochester, New York) I plunged precipitously – like falling off a cliff (just as in the past) – into the depths. I thought my life – career, dreams – was over. The following year and a half was hell – filled with relentless negative thoughts about what a useless piece of shit I was, and how I didn´t deserve to live.

Throughout this all Caroline Liguori, my wife (we got married September 2014 in Las Vegas), faithfully stood by me, helping me to function – feeding me, constantly checking in on me from work, staying with me when required.

Only in the past month or so have I felt better. Just as in the past, only when the right mix of drugs was hit upon (for a year and a half every two to three weeks we changed combinations) did I improve, rapidly, as it turned out, within days, back to normal health, again, just as in the past.

It is an incredibly wonderful experience to get ones brains back after months on end of it trying, basically, to kill you. Your own brain an enemy, wishing the rest of you dead.

During these past few weeks I´ve experienced an epiphany of sorts, learning, really learning, that what life, a happy, fulfilling life, is all about, involving, as it does, thinking of the other first is living for others. Jesus´s message in short. Learning, and now living this message has been nothing short (again) of marvelous (to quote a TED Talk I delivered several years ago).  Related to this, incidentally, I´ve been reading about C.S. Lewis and The Inklings).

Further to this profound life experience, I´d like to thank from the bottom of my heart, Caroline, my wife, Stephen my brother,  Pierre Blier, my doctor, David Monkhouse, my friend,  Brian Lynn, my counsellor, Angela, my mother, everyone else who has helped me during these very trying months, and most of all ´God´(through Jean Vanier, and my dead relatives). Without you all, I wouldn´t be alive. I love you. 

April 13th, 2015 • Posted in Paris

Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris Summer 2015

Source: Alvesgaspar
Renew Your Writing at a Creative Writing Retreat in Paris, visit the locations featured in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”

June 14-19, 2015 $1999 includes workshop, lunch each day and all activities

For more information visit here.

April 12th, 2015 • Posted in Lenox, MA

Video: Why should the literary tourist visit The Mount, in the Berkshires?

April 11th, 2015 • Posted in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times’ new book club selection

Schyler at English Wikipedia

This just in from Austin Beutner,  Publisher and CEO, Los Angeles Times:

Baseball season is upon us, and there’s no better time to pick up the Los Angeles Times’ new book club selection, “The Boys of Summer” by Roger Kahn.

It’s a classic work of sports journalism that weaves together Kahn’s memories of growing up within shouting distance of Ebbets Field, rooting for the Dodgers with his father, and stories from his years covering the team during Jackie Robinson’s legendary reign as a player and civil rights activist.

To celebrate this book, the joy of baseball, and our own Dodgers, we will be hosting an event at Jackie Robinson’s alma mater, UCLA, in their prestigious Hall of Fame on Sunday April 26 from 2-4pm. Roger Kahn, L.A. Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke, Dodger great Maury Wills and other special guests will be there in person for a great conversation about baseball and the Dodgers’ role in our community. Mickey Kantor, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and avid baseball fan, will moderate the conversation.

I hope to see you there.


Space will be limited, so be sure to RSVP today at for what will be an unforgettable, only-in-LA experience.

Did you miss our last event with “Ghettoside” author Jill Leovy? The conversation continues where two criminologists weigh in on her book. David Kennedy wrote about the concurrent underpolicing and overpolicing of black communities, and James Alan Fox called for the “pre-habilitation” of children.´´

April 11th, 2015 • Posted in Bookstores, Peterborough, ON

Only in the Summertime you say?

Thanks to Susan Quinlan and the good folks at Peterborough and the Kawarthas Tourism I will, in the company of a group of talented Canadian travel writers, be giving this lovely bookstore

Lakefield Station Bookshop is open May-December: Most days, 10:30-5. Owned and operated by David Glover.

in Lakefield, Ontario the (thorough) once over this summer in advance of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) ´s annual conference and general meeting that will be held here in town, June 10 – 13.  Lakefield Station Bookstore is just one of many great´literary destinations´in the Peterborough area that I will be showing off to these intrepid journalists. Stay tuned for more details.

April 9th, 2015 • Posted in Toronto

Take your books in for Service at the Repair Café in April

The Repair Café will return to the Toronto Reference Library in April! At this repair café, we will have volunteer fixers available for computers, electronics, small appliances and furniture, clothes, jewellery and book repairs. For whatever you need fixing, bring it on! Our team of fixers will show you the practical know-how. You can learn how to fix it while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. To avoid lineups, please arrive early. We will be able to serve visitors who arrive before 1 pm. For more info about visiting the Repair Café, please go to the Visit page.

When: Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Toronto Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium (see below for directions)
Cost: Free

Directions to the Toronto Reference Library

Here is the map for the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, Toronto) – view map

The closest major intersection is Yonge Street and Bloor Street. The TRL is located one block north of Bloor Street on the east side of Yonge Street. To visit TRL by TTC, you should get off at subway station Yonge.


The Hudson’s Bay is located on the south side of Asquith Ave. It offers parking for a flat rate $6 on Saturdays.

April 5th, 2015 • Posted in St. Cloud

Guest Post: Greatness Close to Home

Author photo 2010

By Jimmy Olsen

If you live in New York City or Los Angeles and want to find a mentor as you begin a fiction writing career, there’s no shortage. Pulitzer Prize winners and National Book Award recipients line the bar rails of many a pub. But if you live in St. Cloud, Minnesota, well, that’s different.

Quite different in fact. Thirty five minutes to the west is the boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis, first American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. Another twenty minutes further along you might ask million-selling author Leif Enger (Peace Like A River) if he would give your literary manuscript a glance.
In the Jazz Age you might’ve traveled an hour south to St. Paul and lunched with F. Scott Fitzgerald, often credited with writing the Great American Novel – The Great Gatsby. Or these days you might drop down to Worthington and see if National Book Award Winner Tim O’Brien (Going After Cacciato) is home for a visit.
Then there’s Leif Enger’s older brother Lin (Undiscovered Country and The High Divide) up in Moorhead or the army of mystery writers in Minneapolis. You can’t drop by a deli without running into one.

Nevertheless, it makes for a lot of running around and searching. You can do just as well staying home in St. Cloud. When I went looking for a mentor I didn’t even place a long distance call to find a National Book Award Winner, just dialed J.F. Powers (Morte D’Urban) at St. John’s University. Come on over, he said. After an afternoon with Powers I called Jon Hassler (Staggerford) across the Mississippi River from my house. He invited me to lunch, that lasted more than fifteen years.
Central Minnesota and surrounding area is an epicenter for great writers – past and present. I’ve left out most of them to save space but it is pertinent to guess at why they are here. Is it the Water? The snow? The loneliness? The cold?

I’m guessing of course. But I think it’s simple. They’re everywhere. We just aren’t looking.

Jimmy Olsen is a mystery author, short story writer, journalist and teacher. He has published two mysteries – Things In Ditches and Poison Makers – and one book of short stories – The Hero of Blind Pig Island. In addition, he has written for daily newspapers and various magazines on topics such as politics, business and sports (mostly scuba diving).

March 31st, 2015 • Posted in island of Islay

Literary Tourist´s favorite place in Scotland


The Literary Tourist loves scotch…the smokier the better. Where´s the smoke? The island of Islay. It´s located just off the west coast of Scotland, and is home to no fewer than eight whisky distilleries; ArdbegBruichladdichBunnahabhainCaol IlaKilchoman,LagavulinLaphroaig and of course, our favourite, Bowmore.

Just move your mouse over any of the distillers here on the Islay Map to see their flavours. If you want more details on any of the distillers, click on their name. To find out more about the Maps author, Martine Nouet and peat click here . And you know what? There´s a very good literary Festival on the island! For more information, email