Sunday, September 16, 2012

Melanie Dugan on CFRC - Finding a Voice

Melanie Dugan spent some time on CFRC, our very good local college radio station, talking about Dead Beautiful and the upcoming Kingston WriterFest (which is going to be awesome).

Listen to the interview here.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Tai Shan and the Big Dipper by Peter Lem

After a long and courageous battle with cancer, my friend and co-worker Peter Lem passed away at home on Friday, August 31st, one day before his 37th birthday. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife and best friend, Sonya, and his faithful dog, Lucky.

Peter spent the final eight months of his life writing his memoirs. His own words explain how important this project was and what it meant to him:

Writing this memoir took me on a path of self-discovery, and every word was a step into the unknown.  There were moments of great excitement, my heart pumping as I knew I was on the verge of a great discovery. There were also moments of great despair and sadness, knowing I had to revisit painful moments from the past that at times brought me to tears. This memoir will be a keepsake for my family that will last through the generations. These stories are the ones a parent tells a child before bedtime, or over the table during Sunday dinner with family; they are passed from eldest to youngest through gentle conversations between grandparent and grandchild. 

Peter’s memoir is hard-bound, with full-colour photographs, and is illustrated throughout by Darryl Joel Berger. It will be available by November 2012, and can be ordered either here or  by cheque. (Please write to for orders paying by cheque or for shipping to outside of Canada).

All proceeds will be donated to the Peter Lem Memorial Fund, which will support St Lawrence College students directly affected by cancer.

Please contact for purchasing information.

Donations to the fund can also be made online at