Shared Spaces: Blog of Green Gables

Sleeping Funny receives its official launches this week (in my hometown of Hamilton and in Toronto) and will be available as of Tuesday at stores across the country. I am trying to get used to the attention and the idea of having people I don't know, read the book.

So far though, one of the nicest results of having a soon-to-be-published book, is being asked to share some spaces curated by other writers and readers I admire. I got my first opportunity to do this earlier this week, when a piece I wrote appeared on Kristen Den Hartog's blog, Blog of Green Gables: a mother-daughter reading journal.

Kristen Den Hartog is a writer I've admired for some time. She has published both novels and non-fiction, including the recent Trillium Award-nominee And Me Among Them (published in the US as The Girl Giant). She is also the writer and editor of a blog about reading children's literature, and reading to children. There is so much to admire on this blog, but one of the things I love most about it is Kristen's spirit of generosity. For example, look for her guest blogs by fellow nominees for the Trillium Award. Her invitation to the people who were up for the same and similar prizes resulted in some beautiful and entertaining posts for readers. It also contributed to building a community of writers that support and celebrate each other, as peers. I love this.

So I was really honoured to have had the opportunity to share Kristen's space to tell my story about me and my daughter Bea, reading our way through an illness.

And I invite all of you to have a look at Kristen's blog and get a taste of the years of fine writing and reflection here on reading with her daughter, N.