22 January 2023
Strange Bewildering Time will be officially launched at 2 pm, Sunday Feb. 5, at Paragraphe Bookstore in downtown Montreal. Everyone’s welcome!
19 January 2023
The first public event for Strange Bewildering Time will be held at 7 pm on Feb. 1 at the Toronto Reference Library; I’m looking forward to being interviewed by the novelist and memoir-writer Martha Baillie. While in Toronto, I’ll also be making two appearances at the Ontario Library Association’s annual conference.
16 January 2023
If you live in the West Island of Montreal, it would be great for me to see you at either of the two events I’ll be doing in February: Feb. 9 (2 pm) at the Beaconsfield Public Library, and Feb. 22 (7 pm) at the Pointe Claire Public Library.
9 December 2022
In March and April, I’ll be leading an eight-week workshop on memoir writing for the Quebec Writers’ Federation. [January update: There will be two eight-week workshops, but both of them are now filled.]
20 November 2022
Warm thanks to the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and to all the participants in the SWG’s Fall Retreat at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster. It was a pleasure for me to lead the workshop, and a pleasure also to discover the beautiful abbey, college, and songbird-filled grounds.
9 November 2022
I was deeply honoured today to receive an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Saskatchewan.
17 October 2022
In the first review of Strange Bewildering Time, the journal Publishers Weekly praises the book as a “poetic memoir” and concludes: “With vivid descriptions (on riding a bus to reach Kashmir Valley: “The air smelled delicious: mingled scents of cedars, pines, and alpine flowers in the precipitous green meadows”) and frank reflections (“Privilege allowed us to ignore the daily lives of the local people we noticed along the way”), Abley gracefully captures a sense of his youthful innocence. Readers will marvel at this nostalgic travelogue.” (Would it be ungracious of me to quibble at the word “nostalgic”? Yes, it would.)
8 August 2022
My essay on Duncan Campbell Scott, Stephen Leacock, and other ‘hard-to-read’ figures from the literary past has appeared in the September issue of The Walrus.
13 July 2022
Strange Bewildering Time is now ready for the printer. It can be pre-ordered at your local independent bookstore, on the Indigo website, or (if necessary) via Amazon. Here is a link to the Indigo page:
19 March 2022
For an advance peek at Strange Bewildering Time: Istanbul to Kathmandu in the Last Year of the Hippie Trail, go to:
7 November 2021
My article on the new Field Notes series of Biblioasis Press will be appearing in the December issue of The Walrus.
4 October 2021
The poetry reading I gave the other day can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_59KfG8eQM
29 September 2021
On Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4 pm, Virginia Konchan and I will be giving a (virtual) poetry reading for the Stanstead Arts Centre. Many thanks to Gabriel Safdie and to the host of the event, Shelley Pomerance.
19 August 2021
The American website shepherd.com asked me to choose five favourite books about language. Look for my choices, and my enthusiastic explanations, at: https://shepherd.com/best-books/language