Bruce Gillespie

A blog by freelance writer and editor Bruce Gillespie.

Archive for November 2008

Nobody’s Father in the Edmonton Journal

It looks like the Edmonton Journal ran a story about Nobody’s Father yesterday. From what I can tell online, it looks like a reprint of Katherine Dedyna’s story that originally ran in the Victoria Times Colonist, but hey, I’m not complaining! Any publicity is good publicity.


Written by bgillesp

November 29, 2008 at 11:27 am

Posted in Nobody's Father

Recommended reading

I often find myself being asked for book recommendations this time of year, as people go about their holiday shopping, and I am always happy to give them. So, in no particular order, here are some of the good books I read in the past year (most of which are new, but some of which are older titles I only got around to reading in the past 12 months):


Run by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins Publishers, 2007)

The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson (Random House, 2007)

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall (HarperCollins Publishers, 2007)

Axis by Robert Charles Wilson (2007, Tor)

The Black Tower by Louis Bayard (HarperCollins Publishers, 2008 )


Drive by Tim Falconer (Viking Canada, 2008 )

Fatal Tide by David Leach (Viking Canada, 2008 )

Leave the Building Quickly by Cynthia Kaplan (HarperCollins Publishers, 2007)

Why I’m Like This by Cynthia Kaplan (HarperCollins Publishers, 2002)

The Long Walk Home by Liane Faulder (Brindle & Glass Publishing, 2007)

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit (Penguin, 2006)

Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer (Picador, 2005)

On Writing by Stephen King (Pocket Books, 2000)

Riding With Rilke by Ted Bishop (Penguin Canada, 2005)

The Geography of Hope by Chris Turner (Random House Canada, 2007)

Written by bgillesp

November 21, 2008 at 11:42 am

Posted in Reading

Check out Checkerspot magazine

I have a story in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of Checkerspot magazine, which came out earlier this week. If you aren’t familiar with this biannual magazine, you shouldn’t feel too out of the loop: Checkerspot is relatively new, having made its debut in August 2007. It’s published by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and is focused on engaging people in the fight against climate change. It’s a great read, and what’s even better is that you can subscribe for free!

My piece is a words-and-pictures feature about artists addressing climate change in their work. Photo editor Margaret Williamson came up with a fantastic collection of different types of art from all over the world, and then it was my job to write up an introduction and captions for each of the pieces. I’m really pleased with how the feature turned out and was thrilled with the opportunity to write about art and get paid for it, which doesn’t happen as often as I’d like!

Written by bgillesp

November 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Posted in Freelancing, Writing