Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

First Post(card) Ahoy!

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First Post(card) Ahoy!

Greetings from Vancouver!

I’m enjoying this far-away city after a weeklong Alaskan cruise with my parents, brother and sister-in-law, and my husband Derek. Before the cruise (which I’ll be posting a fictional photo essay about at some point), Derek and I cavorted in Calgary for a few days.

I did a bit of a book tour in both cities, and now I’m just concentrating on ingesting as much delicious sushi as humanly possible. We leave tomorrow for a few days in Victoria, then back to Toronto, which I’m starting to feel homesick for.

I am delighted to be this month’s Open Book Writer In Residence. This is my first-ever writing residency, and I plan on enjoying it immensely. I’m looking forward to any questions or comments that might come my way, and to writing about many various writing-related things.

Thank you to Open Book Toronto for having me!


P.S. Wish you were all here!

(Do people still say that on postcards? It’s a nice sentiment, anyway. But do you think postcard writers really mean it? Because if they did, wouldn’t they have invited that person or people along with them in the first place? Seriously, come on. Say what you mean, right? What if the postcard recipient gets the wrong idea and books a flight out, and then they show up on your doorstep, and they’re all like, “I’m here!” And you’re like, “What the hell?” And they put their suitcase down, and stand there looking sad and confused. “You said you wished I was here. Well, here I am!” And you go, “You’re a crazy person. I didn’t actually mean that, as in real life.” They start to cry. They say, “But. But.” And you say, “Okay, fine. Come in. But I hope you’re not expecting food. I’ve been living off butter and jam packets that I’ve stolen from the breakfast bar.” They notice that your ribs are more prominent through your skin, and they feel sorry for you. They build a nest out of extra pillows and coat hangers and sleep on your motel room floor. In the morning, you both go down to the lobby and stuff your pockets with mini-Danishes, and run away high-fiving each other.)

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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Jessica Westhead

Jessica Westhead's short stories have appeared in major literary journals in Canada and the United States. "Unique and Life-Changing Items," which appears in And Also Sharks, was shortlisted for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards. Her first novel, Pulpy & Midge, was nominated for the ReLit Award. Westhead lives in Toronto.

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