Nest in the Hawthornes

  WINTER 2009 Winter is the most peaceful season of the year, here in our valley. I work in my east-facing study overlooking the fields and forest. Often, as the wind hurled snow and the house shuddered, I could see nothing but swirling whiteness. Or feel the house shake as the plow rumbled down the Read More …

A Ship Sailing into Winter

  November, 2008 I last wrote, I see with surprise, in June. The summer and fall have flown past, and now it’s grey, rainy November. SUMMER EVENTS It was an exceptional gardening summer, with rainy days followed by heat and sunshine. And, as always, we spent a few days on our beloved Grand Manan, where Read More …

A Chorus of Frogs

  May 2008 Welcome to my fourth newsletter! I began these letters to keep readers up-to-date on the progress of my new novel, and to tell you a bit about my life. So here is my news, on this rainy day in May. THE NOVEL Well, now I’m into another draft. I once read an Read More …

Tall Wanderers

  February 2008 Welcome to my newsletter! Thanks to everyone who responded to my last one, and to those of you who have asked to receive it. AZUBA Azuba is the working title of my new novel, which now has a publishing date of April, 2009. In this newsletter, I’ve been taking you along with Read More …

A Fire in ‘the Little Cod’

October 2007 AZUBA The new novel, Azuba, is well into its next draft. In late August, my editor at Knopf, Angelika Glover, sent me her comments. I am always amazed at the quality of attention a gifted editor gives to a book. Not only does she understand what makes the book good in the first Read More …

Azuba Steps from the Mists

AUGUST, 2007 Welcome to my first newsletter! I’ll be sending these every so often, perhaps every other month. Many of you have written, asking for news of my next book. I’m very happy to tell you that I’ve just signed a contract with Knopf Canada for a new novel. In this newsletter, I’ll tell you Read More …