French Book Launch – Ce que l’on divulgue

I have the privilege of launching my new collection of short stories in French, Ce que l’on divulgue (What we reveal), at the Toronto French Book Fair this weekend.

This short collection of stories is a study of upheaval and change – sometimes good, sometimes bad – in which characters must face a stranger, a revelation, or even a new lifesyle.

Join me:

WHAT: Ce que l’on divulgue book launch
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Toronto French Book Fair, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, 2nd floor, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Radio-Canada Stage

The book is on sale for $10 for the month of December, and returns to the original price of $11.49 in January. You can get a copy at the book fair on Saturday, you can order it online through Amazon, or you can drop me a line and I’ll arrange for a signed copy to get to you.


Where Pigeons Roost à Radio-Canada

J’écris en français et en anglais et, au cours des prochaines semaines, je lance deux recueils de nouvelles, un en anglais, Where Pigeons Roost, et un en français, Ce que l’on divulgue.

S’exprimer en plus d’une langue a plusieurs avantages, tel que l’ont indiqué diverses études, dont celle-ci et celle-ci. En plus des avantages cognitifs, tels qu’une concentration et une créativité accrues et le ralentissement du vieillissement du cerveau, parler plus d’une langue peut aussi être avantageux du côté économique.

Et pour une auteur, l’habileté de pouvoir créer en plus d’une langue permet une étendue plus large d’expression – et de public.

Pour ma part, un autre avantage: être invitée à discuter en français de mon recueil en anglais. Le résultat: cette entrevue à Radio-Canada sur Where Pigeons Roost.

Reste à voir si un réseau anglophone voudrait bien discuter en anglais au sujet d’un recueil en français – je vous en donnerai des nouvelles.

A.M. Matte derrière le livre Where Pigeons Roost, dont la couverture présente une volée de pigeons

Upcoming Public Readings

I confess: I’m one of those writers who loves to read her stuff out loud. Preferably when other people are around to listen, absorb, critique, discuss.

That’s why I’m very fortunate to have three opportunities to read excerpts of my short stories in the next few months.

On September 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., thanks to the Toronto Writers’ Cooperative, I get to read an excerpt of my short story Where Pigeons Roost at a literary event starring award-winning Canadian author Terry Fallis.

Then, on September 15, 2013, at 1:45 p.m., the Toronto Writers’ Cooperative is once again providing a reading opportunity, thanks to the launch of its Voices 2013 anthology, a perfect-bound anthology of co-op members’ work, in a range of genres.

Both events are held at the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library, and are free.

Finally, on October 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., another conglomerate of writers will gather to share a range of work – from short fiction to creative non-fiction to poetry – under the theme Who You Calling Crazy? While this event, held at the Free Times Café in Toronto, is free of charge, donations to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health will be gladly accepted.

I’ve been practicing and timing (and even editing) the excerpts I plan to read, and am excited about these opportunities to share my writing live. If you happen to be in town, come on by and let me know what you think of my performance.

Writer’s Shorts Challenge

One of my sci-fi short stories, Alicorn 2108, is competing in an online indie authors competition this month. While the rules state that I can’t encourage people to vote directly for my story, I can encourage you to read the stories and vote.

It is all up to you, the readers. Each reader may only vote once. Read the Writer’s Shorts Challenge contenders here:

My story is the last one posted, right before the voting buttons. Happy reading!

Afterwards, no matter how you voted, feel free to leave a comment about the story on this page. It’s appreciated!

A Public Service Reading

Following my Salon du livre de Toronto gig in December 2012, I was invited by public servant colleagues at the government of Ontario to host a reading and discussion next week, on Valentine’s Day.

I will read my short stories Secrets and Nelles, both from literary magazine Virages, to an audience of people who know me more as a policy advisor than as a writer.

Too often, public servants are painted as lazy, boring paper-pushers. While there may be a handful of those, most of us are dynamic workers, eager to serve our fellow citizens. We are  especially, people who care. We are family people, volunteers and leaders in our communities. And some of us are even artists.

A discussion about the place of writing in my life, stuffed here and there around work and family responsibilities, will be interesting. When one has a passion, it’s a privilege to share it with others.