WORD Vancouver


I’m going to be all over WORD Vancouver this year, but there’s plenty of great non-Carleigh events happening too! Here’s the full schedule, check it out!

As for me, I’ll be on the Mixed Voices Raised panel at Perspective Point from 11:00 am to 11:45 am on Sunday, September 24, I’ll be doing a reading of Bad Endings at Suspension Bridge from 12:25 pm to 12:45 pm (also on Sunday, September 24), and Writers Reading Writers: A PRISM panel on Influence, Space, and Resources at Perspective Point from
1:50 pm to 2:35 pm (on Sunday as well).

As a new board member of the BC Book Prizes, I’ll be manning their table from 3-4PM on Sunday, stop by and say hello, and learn all about us!

Hope to see you there!


Georgia Straight: Books that changed your life

I was asked to contribute to the Georgia Straight’s supplement for WORD Vancouver, and talk a little about a book that changed my life. I chose Thomas King’s Massey Lecture series, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative.

Read about it here.

Bad Endings a Finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award

Very excited to say that Bad Endings is a finalist for the City of Vancouver book award. The other finalists are Gabrielle Prendergast’s Pandas on the Eastside (Orca), Invisible Dead by Sam Wiebe (Random House), and Susan Point: Spindle Whorl, a collection of her work by Kathleen Bartels (Black Dog). So I am in very good company!
It’s a huge honour for this little book to be following in the footsteps of some hardworking and wonderful writers I admire, like Wayde Compton, Jen Sookfong Lee, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Billeh Nickerson, Doretta Lau, Amber Dawn, Aaron Chapman, and a whole bunch of local peeps!

Here’s a link with more info on the award.

This review tho. Thank you to Aaron Schneider & The Rusty Toque!

Wow, this is more of a deep read than a review, and it took my breath away. It’s an honour to have someone look at my writing this thoroughly. Many thanks to Aaron and The Rusty Toque!

“In these stories, Baker wrestles with the unresolvable problems of life. She doesn’t offer solutions, escapes or easy resolutions. Instead, she probes the tangles at the heart of her characters, revealing with grace and precision the contours of their difficult lives. And, in the end, Bad Endings make for great stories.”

Read the review here.

Bad Endings Reviewed in The Globe & Mail

As someone who has been writing reviews for the Globe for a few years, I can’t deny I’ve been dreaming about one day seeing my work reviewed there. I really appreciate the way Jade Colbert brought a discussion of theory and politics into her review, because it’s there, but I was worried these things might get lost in the whirlwind of messiness and emotion I was also trying to create. So many thanks to Colbert and Globe Books, for giving Bad Endings some page space!

“Baker pushes readers to reconsider their desire for resolution. Eschewing the easy, the neat, the smoothed over, allows us to consider the things about ourselves we might not like. There’s a political dimension to this. One thread running through this book is the threat of environmental collapse – drought, massive bee death, dwindling salmon stock – and humans’ awkward interventions.”

Read the full review here.