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January 1, 2014
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Happy New Year!

Happy  New Year! (It may be 2014, but Nancy is Happy is still one of my favourite Tumblrs. Some things will never change…)

January 2, 2013
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Happy New Year

Apologies for two Nancy  posts in a row, but if you’re a parent of small children and you spent the holidays at home, you will probably be able to relate: Normal service will resume shortly (once I’ve dug myself out … Continue reading

December 23, 2012
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Hooray for Christmas

Happy holidays! Nancy Likes Christmas has just been published by Fantagraphics. (via the awesome Nancy is Happy).

December 23, 2011
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Happy Holidays

It’s been a stupidly busy December, but before I take a break from the blog for a couple of weeks, I want to thank everyone for supporting The Casual Optimist this year — it means a lot. Really. Happy Holidays. … Continue reading

November 7, 2011
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Address Change

If you’re in the habit of sending me catalogues or review copies, it is time to update your address books — please drop me a line  and I will send you the details. And, yes, sadly I am losing the … Continue reading

March 10, 2011
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50 Watts

Will Schofield’s wonderful blog A Journal Round My Skull has been relaunched as 50 Watts using the Cargo platform: The new name has something to do with Charlie Watts, Beckett’s Watt, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, … Continue reading

November 29, 2010
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Back from Vancouver

I was in Vancouver last week for the Raincoast Books Spring 2011 sales conference. It snowed (see above) and I heard about a lot of new titles I’m looking forward to seeing next year (I can’t wait to get my … Continue reading

October 21, 2010
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From My Desk…

I’ve mention Kate Donnelly’s blog a couple of times here previously, but now you can take a look at my office space on From The Desks Of… should you be so inclined. Other (more interesting) recent contributors to From The … Continue reading

May 21, 2010
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Proust

Open Book Toronto recently asked me to complete their version of the Proust Questionnaire. They have posted my answers — which include recommendations for Memories of the Future by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky and Colony by Hugo Wilcken (more of which at … Continue reading

March 17, 2010
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Interview at Books@Torontoist

I was recently interviewed by James Grainger, book columnist and author of The Long Slide, as part of the Books@Torontoist Litblog Spotlight series. Assuming that you don’t have anything better to do, you can read it here.

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