My words in other mouths

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Ottawa’s Third Wall Theatre Company is doing something neat on May 22: A dramatic reading, by members of the theatre company, of the works of Ottawa writers.

One of those Ottawa writers is (gulp) me.

They’ll be reading an excerpt from my story “We Take Care of Our Own”, which appears in the anthology Blood and Water from Bundoran Press. I’m hoping to have print copies for sale at the event. (Of course, you can also buy ebook and print versions from the website.)

“We Take Care of Our Own” is a near-future science fiction story, set in 2041, about a Canadian woman facing a moral choice: does she bootleg food across the border to the United States? And what does she do about the disapproval of her teenage son?

I get to be in the audience, and sit back, and listen to other people read my words. That’s a trip. It’s also somewhat overwhelming that my words will be in the company of the words of my personal literary heroes: people like Alan Cumyn, Tim Wynne-Jones and Elizabeth Hay.

AND, as if all this weren’t enough to make me embarrassingly giddy, the MC for the night will be my friend and colleague, the lovely and talented Joanne Chianello, the Citizen’s city hall columnist.

You can buy tickets here or by calling 613-236-1425.

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