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    I am honoured to have been one of the jurors for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards. Congratulations to all of the books and authors on the shortlists! May we all take a moment to celebrate the extraordinary literary work that is being done in this country. And may we all work (and vote) to ensure that support for the arts continues and that culture is valued as the priceless nourishment that it is.

    There were about 180 books under consideration in the Non-Fiction category, and I spent much of the summer in a rocking chair reading biographies, histories, memoirs, essay collections, scientific enquiries, technological explorations, political treatises, travel literature, and books that didn’t fit into any category at all. The non-fiction prize is not so much about comparing apples to oranges as it is pears to bicycles.

    The process of selection was by turns fascinating and excruciating, and while I am thrilled for our finalists, I cannot help but feel a bit heartbroken for the books that would have been featured and celebrated on a longlist were this prize to include one.

    The names of the jurors for this prize are kept confidential (until today), so when people would ask what I was up to this summer, I was required to be vague. “Oh, just doing a bit of reading,” I’d say, the stack of books beside me bursting with sticky notes that I would occasionally shield with my hand.

    “I wish I were a writer,” a neighbour commented, eyeing the books, the rocking chair, my pot of tea. “It looks so relaxing.”

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    Next Up: Suchitoto

    The Stratford Festival’s 6th annual Suchitoto Cabaret will take place on October 5 at the Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. The cabaret is a fundraiser for the Festival’s Suchitoto Project, which supports theatre projects for youth in the town of Suchitoto, El Salvador. I’ll be singing and hamming it up alongside my sisters in soul and song, Barbara Fulton and Glynis Ranney.

    For tickets, please contact the Stratford Festival Box Office: 1-800-567-1600


    Fall Workshops

    There are only a couple of spaces left in The Art of Memoir writing workshops in Stratford (Oct. 2-23) and Guelph (Oct. 21) this fall. For workshop details, please visit the Workshops page.

    To register for or enquire about a workshop, please contact info@alisonwearing.com.

    Thank You, Nanaimo


    And thank you, Gabriola Island Theatre Festival, for the largest and most raucous audience I’ve had in a while! What a wonderful couple of weeks in BC it was.

    August Performances

    I will be giving 7 performances of Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter in British Columbia between 13-23 August. The Gabriola Island Theatre Festival will host one show on August 15 and the other six will be on Vancouver Island at the Harbour City Theatre in Nanaimo. Please see the Appearances page for details.

    July News

    After years of being a one-woman show in every respect, I’m delighted to announce that the Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter one-woman show will now be represented by Tammy Fox at the Fox Entertainment Agency. All future performance booking enquiries should be directed to tammy@foxent.ca.

    Portraits of Canadian Authors

    Photographer and crystal artist Mark Raynes Roberts has created a series of portraits entitled ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Authors and Literature.

    “Literature is an art of illumination. Every author wants to shed light on some truth no matter what form the writing takes: fiction or non-fiction. Writing is a pursuit of knowledge and understanding; the desire to bring attention to a story that needs to be told, whether it be about a person, an imagined life, an issue, a part of our history or the human condition. This is why literature is important. We’re not only enriched by it; we’re connected by it.”

    ILLUMINATION – “Portraits of Canadian Authors and Literature” will be exhibited this coming Fall, at the Gardiner Museum, the Toronto Reference Library and at the International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre, presenting 150 Canadian author portraits celebrating Canada’s literary community.



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