The first meeting of the Franco-American Book Club took place at the end of November. I say it was the first, but really, I didn’t conceive of our virtual get-together, hosted on-line by the Franco-American Center of the University of Maine, as the beginning of anything. I intended to host a friendly, low-stakes, no-prep conversation … More Franco-American Book Club, Part Deux
When my son was a toddler, when we would set a plate of food in front of him or hand out treats to a group of playmates, we would often say, “You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.” It was a way of managing expectations, forestalling meltdowns, and it has been our … More Happy Winter Solstice
One of the upsides of the current, COVID-centric state of things is that it’s given the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine a broader reach. In the past you had to be near Orono to take advantage of their resources, but since the spring, the Center has hosted some truly great virtual events that … More Franco-American Book Club
How are you holding up? Where I live, we are into our third week of social distancing. We are grateful to be in the safety and comfort of our home while others are out, facing down the uncertainty of these days at greater risk. If you have the ability to stay home, I hope you … More For Your Isolation Consideration
I’ve been spending the week at Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier, Vermont. Today we were shooting footage for the DVD of my solo show, Piecework: When We Were French, and tonight I perform the first in a weekend of shows at LNT. It’s a revival of the show sponsored by the Alliance Française of the … More In the Thick of It
Want to see something pretty? Structo Magazine‘s on-line edition almost matches the beauty of their hard copies. And I’m so pleased to be included in their Issue #8.
It’s been a good long time since I’ve posted an update here. The majority of this year, since June anyway, has been taken up by a big move from Montreal to Ottawa. I hesitate to call myself an Ottawan; although they are supposedly “the happiest people in Canada,” they are also — according to one … More Ottawan?
I’m basking in the afterglow of a weekend among Franco-American artists and scholars at the University of Maine in Orono. Susan Pinette, Director of the Franco-American Studies program there, organized a deeply inspiring conference, exploring the history and future of the Franco-American community. It was a great time, and the perfect place to perform my … More Afterglow
Jan Jorgensen, curator of The Lawn Chair Soiree, has planned an evening of eye-popping literary delights for you to cap off her season of events. I’ll have the honour of serving as MC for the evening, and a whole crowd of excellent Montreal writers will share their work. Come lend them your ears! the lawn … More MCing the Lawn Chair Soiree
I tend to get words and phrases stuck in my head the way a little bit of music would probably get caught in the mind of a musician. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a phrase from the Christmas carol “O Holy Night” echoing around in my head: the thrill of hope. May … More Happy Holidays!