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No kids, no grief

Nobody’s Father (as well as its predecessor, Nobody’s Mother) gets a mention in Anne Kingston’s recent cover story for Maclean’sabout “a new manifesto [that] argues parenting is bad for your career, your bank book and your love life.” Said manifesto is, of course, French psychotherapist Corinne Maier’s No Kids: 40 Good Reasons Not to Have Children, which has had all sorts of English press recently (on top of its French press last year) for its provocative argument.

Admittedly, I haven’t yet read Maier’s book, but Kingston’s article was interesting, especially these stats she found that illustrate society’s changing ideas about having kids:

“Are you planning to have children?” is a question Statistics Canada has asked since 1990. In 2006, 17.1 per cent of women aged 30 to 34 said “no,” as did 18.3 per cent of men in the same category. The U.S. National Center of Health Statistics reports that the number of American women of childbearing age who define themselves as “child-free” rose sharply in the past generation: 6.2 per cent of women in 2002 between the ages of 15 and 44 reported that they don’t expect to have children in their lifetime, up from 4.9 per cent in 1982.


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July 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

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Nobody’s Father in Vancouver

Just in time for Father’s Day, the Robson Reading Series is hosting an event with some of the contributors to Nobody’s Father.

The reading will take place Thursday, June 25 at the UBC Library/Bookstore at Robson Squre, starting at 7 pm, and will feature Richard Van Camp, Lou Parsons, Julian Gunn and my co-editor, Lynne Van Luven.

Unfortunately, I won’t be there, as much as I’d love to be. But I hope some of Nobody’s Father’s west coast fans will be able to attend, as the guys are all fanastic readers and storytellers, and it promises to be a great night.

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June 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

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Meet the readers

Things are coming together nicely for the Toronto launch of Nobody’s Father at Ben McNally Books next Tuesday, and it’s shaping up to be a great night of readings.  To whet your appetite, I thought I’d tell you a little about the writers who will be sharing their work:

Brian Day will read from his essay, “Fatherhood and Me.” Day grew up in Mission, BC, and now lives in Toronto, where he teaches at an elementary school in the inner city. He is the author of two books of poetry, Azure and Love Is Not In My Blood.

Ray Jones will read from his essay, “The Most Beautiful Child in the World.” Jones is a former newspaper editor whose short stories have been published in several countries. In 2006, he received the Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. He lives in Toronto.

Bryan Steinnagel will read from his essay, “An Unwinnable War.” Steinnagel makes prosthetic limbs at a children’s rehabilitation facility and enjoys the irony of doing so. He likes the idea of being a kid, he just doesn’t want one of his own. He lives in Toronto, close to his ever-extending family.

And, of course, I’ll be reading too. But you already know all about me.

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February 19, 2009 at 11:08 am

Nobody’s Father: Toronto reading

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve finally set a date for the Toronto launch of Nobody’s Father. It will take place Tuesday, February 24th, at Ben McNally Books (which has to be one of the best and loveliest shops in the city). Readings will begin at 6 pm.

We’re still working out all of the details, so I’ll post more information as soon we confirm which of our contributors will be reading–besides me, of course! It should be a great event, though, so mark your calendars now!

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February 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Vote early, vote often

Good news from the west coast: Nobody’s Father has been nominated for an M Award, as voted for by readers of Victoria’s Monday Magazine. We’re up against some stiff competition, including David Leach’s Fatal Tide (a great read), so we’re encouraging everyone we know to cast a vote, as residency in Victoria is not a requirement.

So, as they say in electoral circles, vote early and vote often. You can find a link to the M Awards ballot here (the link is a bit tricky to find — it’s near the beginning of the fourth paragraph).

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January 31, 2009 at 10:26 am

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The Tyee picks Nobody’s Father

I was delighted to see that Nobody’s Father made The Tyee’s holiday book list this year. Legislative Editor Andrew MacLeod recommends it for “any guy unlikely to go forth and multiply,” noting that

This is not a book to give lightly to just any man who hasn’t gotten around to breeding, adopting or otherwise finding someone to parent. True, with 23 essayists contributing their tales, most readers will find someone with whom to identify. Explanations range from too busy to too gay to “life didn’t really work out that way.” Some are happily childless, some sad, some resigned. “I don’t see myself as father material,” writes Aaron Shepard, simple as that. “I don’t feel compelled to be a parent. It’s neither my loss nor my gain. It’s my identity.”

I, of course, also think it makes a swell gift.

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December 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm

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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.

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November 29, 2008 at 11:27 am

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