Artist Lio Lo

December 2017

I met today with artist Lio Lo, who is going to create the cover for my new novel, entitled The Hat and to be published on Amazon. Lio is originally from Taiwan, but now lives and makes art in Jordan Falls, Shelburne County. It was a most productive meeting. I am excited to see what she creates. I will share here when the time comes.

New Book Coming, January 2018

December 2017

I’ve decided to try something different… well, different for me.

In January 2018, I’m going to publish a new novel through Amazon Kindle. A screenshot of the title is below. I have contacted an artist, who is thinking about the cover she will produce. Meanwhile, I’m finalizing the words.

I’ll post something here when everything is ready and the book is available.

The Hat will NOT be the fourth Thomas Pichon Novel. That is still a work-in-progress. Instead, this novel is a story with a quite different voice and tone. I think it will appeal to a wide range of readers, YA to adult. I’ll say more closer to publication time.

Paranoid Style

November 2017

Every single person I know is troubled by what is going on in the politics of the USA. Political life in Canada is not perfect by any stretch, but at least, or so I believe, it has so far escaped the profoundly bitter and antagonistic nature of the divides in the USA — over guns, race, economic inequality, and the way people vote.

For whatever reason, I woke up in the middle of the night and recalled a book I had once read, one written by the American historian Richard Hofstadter. entitled The Paranoid Style in American Politics. It’s a book that explains a lot, because, here we are, more than fifty years later, and the paranoid style of American politics is still around, more virulent than ever. As Canadians, let’s do our best never to go down this path.

Here’s a link to the magazine article Hofstadter wrote before putting out the book.

L’Explosion d’Halifax

October 2017

With the centenary of the Halifax Explosion (Dec. 6, 1917) on the horizon, Radio-Canada TV journalist Olivier Lefebvre wanted my thoughts on the importance of the event. We recorded our conversation today, in the Hydrostone market area.

French en Amérique

October 2017

Bonjour Francophones et Francophiles! Pour ceux et celles qui s’intéressent au contexte nord-américain de la langue et la culture française, il y a une série produite par TFO, avec le titre “French en Amérique, qui mérite votre attention. Il y a deux épisodes, et j’ai participé dans le tournage pour le deuxième quand j’étais en Alabama pendant le festival de Mardi Gras en février 2017. Le lien en dessous vous mène à cette deuxième épisode. Je me trouve dans trois parties : avec l’archéologue Greg Waselkov au site de Old Mobile, en assistance au défilé (parade) de Mardi Gras à Mobile, et à Fairhope pendant mon séjour comme écrivain en résidence au Centre for the Writing Arts.

Palmes académiques

October 2017

It is coming up on the eighth anniversary of my admission as a chevalier to France’s Ordre des Palmes académiques. It was — and still is — a great honour that continues to motivate me to write as best I can about whatever interests me at the moment.

The odd thing is that although my admission took place in 2008, I didn’t find out about it until 2011, when a letter arrived from Rideau Hall. It clearly takes quite a while for Canada to approve honours given to its citizens by another country.