Marguerite Pigeon


Vancouver soiree for S.E.B.D.s

I got new pants. I brought apples. The people came out. The co-readers were lovely. People kindly purchased books. In short, the Vancouver launch for Some Extremely Boring Drives, was really great. I’ll repeat the photos I put up on the Facebook, because they’re my only ones.

Meredith Quartermain reads from her forthcoming, I Bartleby.

Meredith Quartermain reads from her forthcoming, I Bartleby.

Alex Leslie reads from her brand-new book, The Things I Heard About You (which she holds in hand, and which includes cool line drawings).

Alex Leslie reads from her brand-new book, The Things I Heard About You (which she holds in hand, and which includes cool line drawings).

I went last. I read "Locks," the second story in my collection, which has to do with surviving illness and getting one's groove back. Sort of.

I went last. I read “Locks,” the second story in my collection; it has to do with surviving illness and getting one’s groove back. Sort of.


Sample Some Extremely Boring Drives

I’ve posted the story “Makeover,” from Some Extremely Boring Drives, to the nifty site Issuu. You can see it on my samples page — have a look!

New Interview About Some Extremely Boring Drives

I was interviewed today by Paul Matwychuk, who is the general manager over at NeWest Press. Take a listen to their latest NeWest Audio podcast to find out more about my stories and even about my short-lived life as a boxer. Or you can go to NeWest Press Audio in iTunes to subscribe and hear interviews with plenty of writers. (I’m Episode 27!)


Take a Drive with Me This Fall

I long for summer, but this year I could skip right to September because I have a book coming out, which is maybe better than swimming at Bass Lake in Blind River. Maybe. Some Extremely Boring Drives is a collection of short-ish stories that aren’t linked but share a concern with travel and mobility. Soon, I’ll be putting up details of the launch and some readings. In the meantime, here’s the cool cover, by Justine Ma Design.



Last Stop: Montreal

Mixed emotions today as I finished my tour last night at Drawn & Quarterly bookstore on the Plateau in Montreal, where I co-read with the lovely Natalee Caple (Calamity’s Wake) as part of Wanda O’Connor’s new Residual Reading Series. The crowd was great, as were the staff at D&Q, and Natalee and I even took the time afterwards to ask one another questions about these novels — for which, I dare say, we both had good answers! I only regret that I had to rush out immediately afterwards due to Lewis, who’s been sick. (I offered and then withdrew my offer of a ride to Natalee, realizing that I couldn’t actually give her one. Pretty tacky. I hope she’ll forgive me as she rides back to Peterborough on Via today.) Here are just a few photos of our evening, then goodbye shots of Dolly Pigeon– mother, co-pilot, provider of tour vehicle. Without her help, I’d still be at the Sudbury airport with a stroller and a heavy box of books. Thank you, Mom.



Natalee (L) and Wanda meet at Drawn & Quarterly.


The bookstore has a good setup where the reader stands a bit higher so everyone can see and hear!


Natalee, a passionate and compelling reader.


Just minutes ago, Dolly pulled out, finally free of me, Lewis, Merle’s incessant requests for help with his dot-to-dots, and tour logistics. Farewell, Mom!


Mother and daughter travel duo. We survived.


Adam joins us for a final shot. He has also been co-pilot on this tour — even wore sick little Lewis in his carrier for 2 hours last night until they were both sweaty. Thanks, Adam.

3 Poets and a Novel in Ottawa

Last night, after an impatience-inducing drive from Peterborough — much summer construction; many dusty students with stop signs — we gathered at Raw Sugar, a cool cafe just a block from where I whiled away my happy university years. I read with three poets: Chris McPherson (My Life in Pictures), Chris Jennings (Occupations) and Shane Rhodes (err, X). As I sat listening to them, I had a very strong feeling that being around poets is the best. It was a very happy event. Here are some pictures.



Interest in my book peaks in the nation’s capital.


Shane Rhodes (L) and Chris Jennings (R), transplanted Albertans, fantastic poets and editors.


Chris McPherson (L) whose picture I neglected to take while he was reading from his highly successful and personal collection, My Life in Pictures, with Marc Venturi, cousin and future CEO.


Liz Mandryk, baby whisperer, Adam and Lewis, preparing to be dazzled by poetry.


Four readers.


Chris reads from his excellent collection, Occupations, and from some new work, including a poem about his forthcoming shoulder surgery.


Shane grips the audience with poems from his soon-to-be-released book, X, which includes devastating found poems from a variety of Canada’s treaty documents.

Music and Words in Peterborough

We pulled into Peterborough on a rainy afternoon and were able to relax at my brother Jean-Claude’s (and partner Alex’s) for a few hours before making our way to the venue, The Spill, for our reading/music show. Jean-Claude and his fellow musician Matt Snell, who perform as The Real Coyotes, started things off with a few of Jean-Claude’s own songs. I read first, then more music, then Matt, a multi-talented guy, read a hilarious new short story — he’s a student of the same UBC MFA program I attended. It was all fun until my mother started dancing between  tables (!!!) No. That’s a joke. Seriously, it was great. Thanks to my brother and Matt for keeping the place hopping.



Jean-Claude Pigeon (L) and Matt Snell (R) entertain.


Some of the folks at The Spill.


Dolly and Lewis enjoy the show.


Matt Snell reads from his story of a job counsellor seeing a client who might not be fit for any position.


Here were are.


Jean-Claude and Dolly Pigeon.


Adam, Lewis and Merle.





Thanks, Toronto

Toronto is still home in many ways. My two readings there were pretty special. The first was in my old neighbourhood, Cabbagetown. A small but committed crowd came out and the reading led to a  discussion about whether fiction is the right vehicle for political notions. Then, last night, in Kensington, many family and friends and two very interesting co-readers — Dani Couture and Grace O’Connell, both of whom made everyone want to read their books. It wasn’t easy to keep the camera present — I was too busy talking. So just a couple of shots to commemorate the visit.


with my co-readers Dani Couture (L) and Grace O’Connell (R), and star MC and Taddle Creek publisher Conan Tobias (centre).


with dear friend and Nelvana superstar producer Jane Sobol.