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Author Simulator Video Game Nightmare

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Drafting Tales is an author simulator game (yep, those exist) available on Steam. Josh at Let’s Game it Out plays sim games badly to create tragic consequences, but the writing life is so inherently tragic he just played the game normally. The resulting video is my gift to you this holiday season. 

If you enjoy the video, remember to like it and subscribe to the channel. It’s how these folks keep producing content.

What I’ve been up to lately

I’ve been very busy, and neglecting the website! Here’s a little catch up.

Last winter, while in Dawson City for the Berton House Writer Residency, I was thrilled to also serve as a judge for the Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, along with Catherine Hernandez and Joshua Whitehead. Reading the stories and assembling the anthology was an intense and amazing experience! Congrats to all the writers, and to the finalists!

I’m incredibly lucky to have been able to do some international travel this year, for the Hay Festival in Querétaro, Mexico and Arequipa, Peru. Secwepemc poet Garry Gottfriedson was with us for the Peru leg of the festival, hanging out with him and Cusco poet Jorge Alejandro Vargas Prado was definitely a highlight. And of course, Sean Cranbury!


Sean and I were also at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference this year. This is a gathering of writers like no other. The sense of community was really impressive, and folks were very friendly and welcoming. In addition to a keynote speech, I sat on a couple of panels, and gave workshops on writing autofiction, and navigating social media as a writer.

For the 2019/2020 school year, I am serving as the Writer in Residence at Simon Fraser University, in the Brutalist Rain Palace up on Burnaby Mountain. It’s been a wonderful term meeting with SFU writers and discussing their work. Next term I am honoured and excited to be one of the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellows in the Humanities at SFU, working with SFU Galleries to build and foster relationships between visual arts and the humanities.

Amidst all this excitement, I also plan to finish my novel, The Matriarchs, by spring 2020. Better get on that.


Isle of the Arts Festival on Gabriola Island

I’ll be doing a lot of coastal travel this spring! Very excited to read with Charles Demers and Roger Farr at the Isle of the Arts festival on Gabriola Island from 7:30-9:30PM on April 9th. Check it out here. Our event is called Fiction, Non Fiction, Poetry: The City is Also an Island. Check out the full schedule here.




Dead Poets Reading Series

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Poster by Isabella Wang

I’ll be reading some Gwendolyn MacEwen poems on Sunday November 18th at 3pm at the Vancouver Public Library, check it out!

Here’s the full lineup:

June Jordan (1936 – 2002), read by Phanuel Antwi
Audre Lorde (1934 – 1992), read by Bibiana Tomasic
Gwendolyn MacEwen (1941 – 1987), read by Carleigh Baker
Richard Outram (1930 – 2005), read by Amanda Jernigan

Learn more about the Dead Poets Reading Series here. 

Vancouver Noir and Polja: a new story, and a Serbian translation


Absolutely thrilled to get two books that I’ve contributed to in the mail last week. Vancouver Noir is edited by Sam Wiebe, and includes stories by Timothy Taylor, Sheena Kamal, Naben Ruthnum (as Nathan Ripley), S.G. Wong, and many more! You can pre-order from Akashic Books, and we’ll be launching it on November 8th, 2018, at the Shebeen Whiskey Room, the back room of the Irish Heather on Carrall Street. Hope to see you there!

The other book is Polja, a Serbian literary journal. This is the first time one of my stories has been translated! Editor Alen Besic picked Last Woman, which originally appeared in the Hingston and Olson short story advent calendar for 2017. They even translated my name, Karli Bejker!