I’m a Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated writer of three novels and one book of journalism. My most recent novel, Stay Where I Can See You, was published in March 2020. No, I do not recommend publishing a book during the first days of a global pandemic. Nonetheless, it endured and went on to win an award for Best Crime Writing in Canada 2021 (the Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada). My second novel, Everybody Has Everything, has been published in several countries and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Toronto Book Award. I’ve written one non-fiction book, The Weekend Effect, which “brilliantly chronicles the birth, death and revival of the weekend,” according to the nice people at Success.
My journalism on culture high and low has appeared in publications around the world including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Toronto Life and The Walrus. I’ve won several National Magazine Awards and was a finalist for an American National Magazine Award in the Essay category for an article about high school sex scandals and female desire that ran in Elle (adapted into a feature film script I co-wrote that’s in development with Bright Light Pictures). I’ve been a columnist at The Globe and Mail, a co-host of the national movie review show Reel to Real, and a network executive in Drama at CBC TV. These days I make podcasts.
I was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., but currently live in Toronto with my patient family.