I’m so honoured to have been nominated by my peers for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. The award recognizes my work on Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin.

Plus, most of my Page Two colleagues are in town, which is always cause for celebration. Monday, I thought I knew you.

The New Farm

We’re just a few weeks away from on-sale! I can’t wait for all of you to read The New Farm, Brent Preston’s memoir of how he and his family transformed an in-debt farm into a thriving business and a leading light for social change and organic farming. It’s the perfect gift for the small business owner and socially conscious entrepreneur in your life. You can support Brent and his book (and publisher!) by preordering here.


The Reading Line is hiring!

Thanks to the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, The Reading Line is offering two positions, in marketing and publicity. These paid contract positions will help support our book ride on August 26, 2017, and bring The Reading Line to its next stage of development.
Established in 2014, The Reading Line is an annual literary festival on two wheels that promotes local authors and advocates for improved infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. Our mission is to make our city a better place, one book and one street at a time. Our book rides help mobile audiences see the city from a new perspective, using literature as a lens. We have programmed and executed three book rides, along the Green Line, Bloor Street, and Bathurst Street. This year’s ride along the Don River will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017. 
Do you care about books and bicycles? Do you have creative ways to combine the two and then share that vision with the world? The Reading Line wants to hear from you.
The job postings are on our website and the deadline is April 24.


Citizen Jane

I’m delighted to be speaking on a panel next week at TIFF about the legacy of Jane Jacobs. The panel, with Zahra Ebrahim and Hibag Gelle, will follow a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. Citizen Jane is about the feud between Jacobs and Robert Moses over the proposed development of the Lower Manhattan Expressway in the 1960s.

The evening will begin with a Jane’s Walk to TIFF, led by urban planner Ken Greenberg and former Toronto mayor Barbara Hall. After the film, Zahra, Hibag, and I will speak about how Jacobs has influenced our life and work. I will be speaking specifically about my work as an editor, and my positions with The Reading Line and Charlie’s FreeWheels.


CSI Hookup

I’m happy to announce I’ve joined the new Hookup Team at the Centre for Social Innovation. This CSI initiative connects experts with other community members who are looking for professional advice.

I’ll be offering free one-on-one consultations on storytelling and marketing. I love helping individuals and organizations use storytelling to create positive social change, and I’m especially passionate about working with environmentally and socially conscious clients.

I’m looking forward to meeting more members of the CSI community, and developing my consulting skills!


Image courtesy of the Centre for Social Innovation.

Interview: Diandra Oliver

Welcome to the first instalment in my irregular interview series. “Irregular” because I don’t yet know how often I will post interviews, and also because the interviews won’t always follow standard Q&A procedure. Essentially it’s a place to showcase A1 friends, family members, and colleagues doing amazing work. My blog, my rules.

First up: one of my dearest friends, Diandra Oliver. Diandra is an awesome babe, economist, and DIY superstar living in unceded Coast Salish territories with her partner and son. Diandra is working on her PhD in Geography at Simon Fraser University, where she is injecting a culture of care into her teacher assistantships and researching how youth manufacture diaspora and resistance in Spain as a way to respond to the financial crisis. She is an organizer in the local economy movement, directing her impact on settler responsibility to support decolonizing activities in food work and citizen intervention in the food system. She is a co-founder of Home Sweet Home, a community-funded grocery store, café, and model for economic and social development in rural BC. Her writing can be found in Concrete Garden, Shameless, Remedy, and Our Schools, Our Selves.

Diandra and I have been friends since our first year at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. We spotted each other across an anthropology classroom, admired each other’s fashion sense, and one day started chatting (note: it took months for us to get the courage to talk to each other!). Here we continue that chat in typically haphazard fashion.


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