Meet “The Love Doctor” on May 9th


I’ll be sharing one of my newest little books The Love Doctor at the next EMMA Talks on May 9th, 2017. I’ll also have copies of Love into Water: Stories and Poems for All Ages for sale.

The next EMMA Talks features Jackie Wong and Astra Taylor and will be held at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards Building, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC).

The evening begins at 7 pm for a pre-talk living room style reception, where there will be free light snacks, a cash bar, books for sale and some interactive art-making facilitated by Tin Can Studio.

Tickets are free. Check out the website for more details.


Pick up a copy of “Blue Feather,” a new little book at EMMA Talks, February 28, 2017


Check out the next EMMA Talks on February 28, 2017 at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards Building, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC).

I’ll be sharing a brand new little book called “Blue Feather” as well as other books.

The evening starts at 6 pm for a pre-talk living room style reception, where there will be free light snacks, a cash bar, and some interactive art-making facilitated by Tin Can Studio.

The talks start at 7pm and feature Kinnie Starr & Andrea Warner.

Tickets are free. Check out the website for more details. Hope to see you there!


“Rad Families: A Celebration” Event – March 10, 2017

Tomas Moniz, founder of the zine Rad Dad and editor of Rad Families: A Celebration (PM Press, 2016) will be in Vancouver in March. He’ll be talking about this new collection of essays with parents and anyone who has been involved in raising a kid and remained interested in staying ‘rad.’

I had the opportunity to interview Carla Bergman for the book in a piece called “Building a Community of Parents” where we talked about the idea that kids need more than their parents to guide, nourish and inspire them and that parents need their own mentors and guideposts to be the best parents they can be. (Learn more about Carla’s projects here).

Library Journal recently reviewed the book:

These collected essays, written by various contributors, are raw, inspired, and artful, capturing the joys and pains of parenting with no apologies and no lack of grace. As such, some entries will speak more to readers than others, but the truth and beauty they evoke is elegant and grounding, celebrating the victories and struggles of a generation of parents: “I did not grow up in a family where anything seemed possible. The future did not really exist because surviving the present was the priority.” Topics range from sex to incarceration to adoption and include the viewpoints of mothers and fathers both new and seasoned, introspective and wishing for a do-over. VERDICT For the literary-minded, this Rad Dad collective is a gem of inspired thought.

The event will be held at Spartacus Books in East Vancouver. Check out the Spartacus Books website for more details closer to the date.


Holiday Sip ‘n Shop at Sweetsalt Bakery – December 9, 2016

Shop Paper Scissors is a Vancouver-based business founded by two moms, Nadia and Talia. They offer new locally designed and preloved children’s clothing, toys, and practical items online and in person at special events in Fraserhood.

They are hosting a holiday event on December 9, 2016 from 4:30-7:30 pm at Sweetsalt Bakery & Cafe (Fraser & 19th). They’ll be bringing their inventory of classic pre-loved wooden toys and puzzles as well as locally made crafts, knitwear, new practical items and locally designed clothing. Sweetsalt Bakery will be offering hot apple cider for all as well as house baked treats and I’ll be selling books.

The event is free and totally family friendly with a play kitchen corner to keep little ones entertained.

Find more info on the Shop Paper Scissors website or see the Facebook invite here.


Rad Dad Magazine Relaunch Celebration: Vancouver!


Rad Dad is coming to town!

Tomas Moniz, founding editor of Rad Dad, a Bay Area-based national parenting magazine will be in Vancouver on February 26th as part of a series of “relaunch celebrations.”

Rad Dad is the winner of the SF Bay Guardian’s best local zine and Utne Magazine’s Independent Media Award. The magazine strives to reflect the diverse, eclectic experience of fathering and parenting from a radical perspective. You can also check out Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood, an anthology of  the best pieces from Rad Dad and the blog Daddy Dialectic, which both explore parenting as political territory.

The celebration is an all-ages event and will be held at The Purple Thistle in East Vancouver. Other folks in attendance include the wonderful Carla Joy Bergman, Nick Flynn, and Dani Burlison. I’ll be in attendance and reading an excerpt from Stay Solid!

Check out the Facebook event invite here.

Reconciliation Canada – Tile Decorating Project

tile announcement

My local library branch was running a tile decorating program this morning as part of Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation and Reconciliation Canada‘s Tile Decorating Project.

While the program was intended for children, I lurked in the back to see what kinds of issues were going to be discussed. The kids were actually quite informed about the history of residential schools – I suspect that they knew way more than their parents.

Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation acknowledges the residential school experience and its impact on Aboriginal communities, and supports reconciliation for all people. The tiles created in this series of August workshops will be shared at the Walk for Reconciliation on September 22, 2013 in Vancouver.


If you are an adult who is wanting to learn more about movements towards reconciliation and healing, especially if you have questions and issues like “I wasn’t even born when this happened! My ancestors were colonized, too. I feel bad, but don’t know how to help,” a couple of resources that I like are Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation through the Lens of Cultural Diversity from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Unsettling Ourselves: Reflections and Resources for Deconstructing Colonial Mentality, a sourcebook compiled by Unsettling Minnesota. (Both are available for free download)


Unsettling Minnesota