Who decided we’re boring?

When I first began pitching my novel, Baby Jane, which is set in Vancouver, Canada, to American publishers, the first question always asked was “Are you married to the location?”—the assumption being that Americans won’t read a book set in Canada: everyone thinks we’re boring, that our country is boring, and that’s if they’ve even heard of us. So foreign publishers don’t want stories set in Canada, they won’t publish them, and because they won’t publish them the assumption is never challenged and instead perpetuated. I decided to ignore this Read More …

Art and Death

Art is a very subjective experience, and when interpreting a work we do so through the filter of our own experience, a process known as hermeneutics. Thus I found it interesting when a fan of Angel of Mercy (above) told me that a male friend of hers finds the picture morbid and scary, in stark contrast to her own reaction, which is that of comfort. The image incorporates the Angel of Victory sculpture (that adorns Vancouver’s Waterfront Station), which depicts an angel bearing a dead soldier heavenward, the figures’ faces Read More …