Verbatim: A Novel

Notes on an unconventional book

The reading in moncton

On the 19th of September the Attic Owl Reading Series in moncton, new brunswick, coordinated by Lee Thompson, Executive Director of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, started its new year of readings and music presentations. On the bill, and performing in this order, were Ryan Hillier (songwriter, guitarist), Danny Jacobs (launching his first poetry book, Songs That Remind Us of Factories), and me. I read part of the chapter, “Big goodbyes,” from my latest novel manuscript called “Unidentified man at left of photo.” Lee took photos of each of us, and here’s one.




To get the audience to scream in “fear and horror” I cued them with the red handkerchief. The 60 or so gathered were most enthusiastic.

Danny’s poetry went down well (liked the latin-tinged bug poems), and here’s a snap of the two of us (Ryan had left before I could collar him).


Great fun all around. Thanks to Lee, to Julie and Bianca (the Café Aberdeen staff), friends, and strangers who showed up on a full moon night to hear us do our stuff.



  Beth wrote @

It was a great evening. Very entertaining and vibrant.

  Jeff Bursey wrote @

Thanks for being there, and for all your support.

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