Writing a book is tough work . . . but someone has to do it?

Here we see the Ocean Endeavour. Come September 5, we’ll board that vessel in Kugluktuk (Coppermine) and sail east through the Northwest Passage . . . all the way to Greenland, there to climb into a zodiac and wend among the most spectacular icebergs in the northern hemisphere. As the Adventure Canada historian on board, I’ll give talks and presentations while we sail. Gotta love that!

Before we head out on that voyage, we’ll spend two weeks in Halifax at University of King’s College, where I’ll do some teaching in Canada’s first MFA program in Creative Nonfiction. Ready, aye, ready to entertain a new cohort of writers.

On September 22, Celtic Lightning hits the bookstores. Subtitle: How the Scots and the Irish Created a Canadian Nation. Spreading the word will involve a series of events that looks something like this: — Sept. 27, Toronto: Word on the Street. — Oct. 1, Toronto launch: Ben McNally Books (bagpipes + kilt). — Oct. 3, Westport, ON., Writers Reading; — Oct. 6, Calgary: Owl’s Nest bookstore. — Oct. 8, Winnipeg: McNally Robinson. — Oct. 23, Fort Erie, Ontario: Ridgeway Reading Series. — Nov. 12, Toronto: Eh List, Toronto Reference Library. — Nov. 15, Montreal: Paragraphe Bookstore — Nov. 18, Halifax: Central Library. — Dec. 1, Hamilton: Different Drummer Books. If you’ve read this far, can I hope to see you at one of these events?

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