My Nice Little Scrapbook, Part 1

The original scrapbook was getting a big unruly, so I cut it in half. Here's everything that happened in the media from March to the beginning of May, 2013. You might find something of interest, even if you're not my mother.

May 9, 2013

Irish Writers' Centre Blog - article, 'Cinnamon Toast on the Move'

The wonderful folks at the Irish Writers' Centre reprinted the first post of my Canadian tour blog and said some very nice things about the book besides. I love this. Check it out!

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GCN (Gay Community News) - Interview

I was interviewed by the editor of Gay Community News, Ireland's top LGBT magazine, about Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World, and was extremely nervous, given that I've never been sure what the reaction from the LGBT community would be to a straight woman writing from the point of view of a gay teenage boy. Fortunately everything went very well and the editor really liked my book. I'm especially happy about the Edmund White comparison. Here I am on page 18. 

If you'd like to see the review mentioned at the end of the piece, just click here



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Sunday Business Post Magazine - full length review

Written by Susan Morrell, this is the first full-length print review of Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World to appear anywhere, and I think it's pretty safe to say that it's a rave. The Sunday Business Post is an Irish newspaper which, of course, focuses on business, but the magazine supplement has an extensive arts section.

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April 15, 2013

Jennifer Brady's Blog - Special mention for Cinnamon Toast's big smooching scene

I love this so much! Jennifer Brady writes on literary kisses, and at the end...there it is! A crucial smooch from Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World. Have a read.

April 8, 2013

Bord Gais Energy Book Club - Book of the Month choice and review

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World was one of three books chosen as picks of the month for the influential (I hope!) Bord Gais Energy Book Club. The book gets a prime place on the website all this month and a full length review. Broadcaster Rick O'Shea was intitially put off by the 'girly' cover, but gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to the contents, and has told me that he's recommending it around the office. Hooray!

To read Rick O'Shea's review, click here.

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Irish Independent - Feature article in Mothers and Babies - teen supplement

I wrote a piece about being shy in high school - how it might have started, what I did to get out of it, and how my parents, especially my mother, helped, even if I didn't realise this at the time. Unfortunately the damn thing's too big to scan properly (as is the cover, which actually doesn't read 'Mother and babies'). No matter. I'll be making it available elsewhere on the site soon, and Mom and Dad, you will of course receive a copy in the mail.

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April 2, 2013

DuBray Books - Review and Recommended Reads Listing 

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World was chosen as one of DuBray's eight Recommended Reads for April, and received this wonderful review posted on the store's website.

Here it is!

And here's how it looks in the pamphlet you can get at any Dubray store all through April:

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March, 2013

Sea and Be Scene - Cool People Profile

Yes, I have a 'cool person' profile, on the wonderful entertainment site Sea and be Scene, based in the Maritime provinces of Canada. I talk about my favourite places to go in my home province of Nova Scotia and plug the book for a bit. Big thanks to Jan in Cape Breton for making the introductions that led to this. Think of it. Me, a cool person! Astounding. See it here.

March 30, 2013

The Irish Examiner - Beginner's Pluck by Sue Leonard

Sue Leonard writes a weekly column called Beginner's Pluck, in which she interviews first-time novelists and reads and reviews thier books. This was my first interview ever, except for five minutes on the phone for my college paper back in 1996. I think I did better this time.

I prefer the version of this article that Sue posted on her blog. The 'verdict' is slightly longer and it looks better.

Here it is!

And here is the one from the paper.

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March 28, 2013

Sunshine Radio, 106.8 - interview

Here's a link to the podcast from a short interview I did with Lynsey Dolan on Dublin's Sunshine Radio. We chatted about the book, as well as my love life, and anything else that came up. Lynsey was brilliant at putting me at ease, though I was still fairly nervous.

Play it here!

March 25, 2013

TV3 - The Morning Show, short interview

Oh, my God! TV! Here's a link to my chat with Martin King and Sibyl Mulcahy on TV3's Morning Show in Ireland. I've had different reports about people outside Ireland being able to view it. Apparently it works fine with an ipad. I was dying with nerves, but bluffed my way through somehow. This probably also represents the first appearance of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia on Irish TV.

Watch it here! (I hope you can, anyway. I'm about 32 minutes in.)

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Article for You, a magazine included with Saturday's Irish Daily Mail. 'This Life' is a weekly feature in which one woman with a project to promote shares a story about her life. Maeve Binchy was on this page at one point, so as you can imagine, I was very pleased to be asked. 

But after some consideration, I decided to let Gwynneth have the cover spot. Apparently she was a mess and it was time for a change. I have several copies of this magazine and so can fill you in on the details of Gwynneth's mess if you're madly curious.

In the meantime, here's my article. It's about me taking a train from Ottawa to Vancouver back in 1992, with a very polite plug for Cinnamon Toast at the end. No names have been changed!

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March 21, 2013

Review - S.J. O'Hart's Blog

Hurray! The first full-length review of Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World anywhere! I love this so much. And I do know S.J. O'Hart from Twitter, though we've never met face to face and I certainly wasn't expecting this.

Read it here!

March 1, 2013

In the Bridgetown Reader! (Bridgetown, N.S. being my hometown the setting for the book.) Scroll down. I may cry. Have a look.