Beautiful quest narrative finds Dude Quixote hauling a surfboard along Atlantic Coast

Say hello to my friend Ryan (R.C.) Shaw. And his surfboard, Old Yeller. Ryan is launching his first book tonight in Toronto. It’s called Louisbourg or Bust. And it’s one of 19 books (and counting) produced by graduates of that unique MFA program in Creative Nonfiction offered at University of King’s College in Halifax.

That’s the one in which, full disclosure, I serve as a mentor. When Ryan asked me for a book-jacket squib, I was delighted to offer a few words: “This crazy beautiful quest narrative puts Don
Quixote on a bicycle and sends him out to face history with a surfboard. Half
hilarious dream-adventure, half marathon-nightmare, Louisbourg or Bust is all
madcap love letter to Nova Scotia.”

The launch is happening at 865 Bloor Street West from 7 p.m., and if you’re looking for a bunch of folks who are ready to party, I’d suggest that this is where to find them.

In related news, things will be more sedate — but equally welcoming — on November 12 at the Toronto Meet and Greet for interested potential students. What happens is that the program’s faculty, mentors, students, and alumni get together for wine and nibblies in the boardroom of Penguin Random House Canada. That’s at 320 Front Street West, Suite 1400.

From 6 p.m. onward, you can hang out with us while contemplating whether this program might work for you. We’re talking two years during which you combine short intense residencies in Halifax, Toronto and New York with ongoing one-on-one mentoring with professional nonfiction writers. At the end, you graduate with a degree, a polished book proposal, and a substantial portion of a finished manuscript — or maybe, if you’re like Ryan, a contract to publish a book. Anyway, lots more here: And maybe see you tonight or on Nov. 12.

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