Marguerite Pigeon

Writer

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

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

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Natalee, a passionate and compelling reader.

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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!

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Mother and daughter travel duo. We survived.

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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.

 

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

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

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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.

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

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Four readers.

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

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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.

 

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

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Some of the folks at The Spill.

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Dolly and Lewis enjoy the show.

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

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Here were are.

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Jean-Claude and Dolly Pigeon.

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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.

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

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with dear friend and Nelvana superstar producer Jane Sobol.