The Vilnius review has run a long interview with me, in which I respond to questions about the nature of my humour and write the story of Christmases (Kūčios) past and present, my Lithuanian answer to Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”
The Lithuanian translation of my memoir, The Barefoot Bingo Caller, has been short-listed for book of the year in Lithuania.
This is a readers’ choice award, so those who like the book can vote for it at this page. Simply click on the circle and make sure you choose the term, “įrašyti”, which means “enter”. The winner will be announced at the Vilnius Book Fair in February of 2019.
Here are a few upcoming events:
My next novel , Provisionally Yours, an espionage novel set in Kaunas in 1921, has a publication date of March 19, 2019. There is a little bit of information and a tentative cover below.
The Lithuanian translation will actually show up a month earlier at the Vilnius Book Fair.
Here are some of the events that I’ll be taking part in through fall of 2018.
September 23, I’ll be speaking at Word on The Street on the subject of creative writing.
.November – December 2018 – I’ll try to stay in as much as possible to do a second draft of a novel in progress, whose working title is Skylark and Badger. I do some of my best concentrated work at the Toronto Writers’ Centre.
Snaige Sileika’s art show will be opening in Vilnius on May 31 – see details below – and I will be reading from the Lithuanian translation of my memoir, The Barefoot Bingo Caller. Come by if you are available for this rather rare Sileika double exposure.
Notice the crowds –
The book fair in Vilnius was its astonishing usual self, 67,000 visitors over four days, and this in a city of half a million. The cab driver asked me what I was reading, passers by kept asking for signatures. The intellectuals asked if the event had not become too popular, a victim of its own success. Lithuania, and I expect much of the rest of Europe, continues to take books and writers very seriously in a way I have never seen here in Canada. Halls filled with over seven hundred people for stars such as Tomas Venclova and Kristina Sabaliauskaite, but even the small halls with talks on arcane subjects were full, and every hour on the hour I had a choice of seven or more talks. I had a couple of long television interviews and couple of radio interviews. Here is a link to one with the charming and whip-smart Juta Liutkeviciute, pictured below, but you need to have the language to understand it.