Bruce Gillespie

A blog by freelance writer and editor Bruce Gillespie.

Archive for October 2008

Nobody’s Father on the CBC

If you didn’t happen to catch the interview Lynne and I did on CBC British Columbia’s “All Points West” show a few weeks ago, I’ve just discovered that it’s archived online. The sound file is available on the show’s book club page, which you can find here.


Written by bgillesp

October 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Posted in Nobody's Father

Gone fishing

I have a story in the new issue of Canadian Geographic Travel magazine, which hits newsstands across the country this week. It is my account of the three days and two nights my partner and I spent camped out in an ice hut near North Bay, Ont., this past February.

As I say in the story, we aren’t the sort of guys you’d expect to find ice fishing, but I actually did a lot of it as a kid with my grandfather, so my editor, Patricia D’Souza, thought it would be fun for me (and readers!) to have another go at it.

Against almost all of my friends’ and family’s expectations, we had a really good time, which I chalk up to the hospitality of Scott Nelson, who owns Glen Echo Cottages, and our fantastic photographer, Harry Nowell.

You can check out a preview of the story here, but if you want to read the whole thing, and find out if we caught any fish, you’ll have to track down a copy of Canadian Geographic Travel.

Written by bgillesp

October 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Posted in Journalism, Writing

The gang’s all here

Here’s a scan of a photo that appeared in yesterday’s Times Colonist newspaper of all the Nobody’s Father contributors who made it to the Victoria launch party. Please try to ignore the glare from my forehead.

Written by bgillesp

October 4, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Posted in Nobody's Father

Nobody’s Father the editor’s choice at the Vancouver Sun

Nobody’s Father gets a mention in today’s Vancouver Sun as one of four recommended new titles. You can read the brief review here.

Written by bgillesp

October 4, 2008 at 9:59 am

Posted in Nobody's Father

Men without children

On my last day here in Victoria, there’s a great story in today’s Times Colonist about Nobody’s Father by reporter Katherine Dedyna, who came out to the launch party on Tuesday. It’s a lifestyles piece that features commentary by some of the book’s contributors as well as some other interesting information that Dedyna dug up, including a

… major study of 12,000 Americans published in 2007 in the Journal of Marriage and Family. It found men much less likely to hold accepting attitudes about childlessness and people who remain childless, and less likely to believe they will have a satisfying life, study author Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox, a University of Florida sociologist, says in an e-mail to the Times Colonist. Other research has shown women are more aware of the costs and demands of parenthood, while men think more of the rewards of being a dad and might reap higher pay because “married men with children are regarded more positively by others” she adds.

Written by bgillesp

October 3, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Posted in Nobody's Father

Going to school with David Leach

This is my last full day in Victoria, and I’ll be spending the afternoon at the University of Victoria. I’ll be speaking with one of David Leach‘s creative nonfiction classes about the challenges of writing and editing family memoirs. I’m looking forward to it because David is someone I’ve known by byline for many years, but I’ve never had the chance to meet him in person until this week. The former arts editor of Victoria’s Monday Magazine and the former managing editor of explore: Canada’s Outdoor Magazine, in Toronto, David is now a full-time assistant professor at UVic’s Department of Writing.

If you haven’t his book Fatal Tide, released this past spring by Viking Canada, I highly recommend it. Here’s a short description from the book jacket:

On June 1, 2002, sixty-eight after-work athletes and other “weekend warriors” set off from Saint John, New Brunswick, for a sweaty day of competitive adventure: 15 kilometres of trail running, 40K of mountain biking, and 12 kilometres of sea kayaking on the legendary Bay of Fundy. However, as a storm swept across the final paddling section, what began as a fun introduction to the sport of adventure racing soon turned into a tragedy that would haunt many of the participants for years to come.

Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong is a work of investigative journalism that dramatizes, in the storytelling style of such non-fiction bestsellers as Into the Wild and The Perfect Storm, precisely what happened at the controversial Fundy Multi-Sport Race. Fatal Tide also explores the psychology of risk taking in the outdoors, the contemporary culture of reality TV and extreme sports, the science and treatment of hypothermia, as well as the legal and emotional fallout from the first death of an adventure racer in North America.

Admittedly, I don’t read a lot of adventure or travel writing, but David’s book is a compelling read that is hard to put down. It also went a long way toward explaining the appeal of adventure sports to someone like me, who would barely qualify as even an armchair adventurer. So, if you haven’t picked it up, you really should; you won’t regret it.

Written by bgillesp

October 2, 2008 at 10:57 am

Posted in Journalism, Writing

A great night

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Victoria launch of Nobody’s Father last night at Open Space. The turn out was fantastic — we had nine readers and about 120 folks who came to meet the contributors, buy some books and enjoy a night of great readings. The folks at TouchWood Editions — Pat Touchie, Ruth Linka and Emily Shorthouse, in particular — organized a wonderful evening, and it’s a great feeling to know we have such supportive a publisher behind us.

Thanks, too, to all of the contributors who read last night and did such a good job: John Gould, Julian Gunn, Andrew Boden, Lou Parsons, Scott Pittendrigh, Aaron Shepard, Mike Hutchins, Allan Wilson and Don Maybin.

Written by bgillesp

October 1, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Posted in Nobody's Father