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Final countdown — walking songs!

In the lead-up to the release of Born to Walk on April 1, I’m going to be tweeting the video to a different walking song each day. These will be posted in no particular order; there won’t be a No. 1. But like “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by Scottish band The Proclaimers, who are not…

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Books — and a movie

When a box of hardcover books arrives at your door, and your name is on those books, it’s a big day, especially if it’s your first time. But yesterday’s delivery was overshadowed by the arrival, in my email inbox, of a link to the above video — a trailer for Born to Walk directed and…

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Go north

I have written about Innu surgeon Dr. Stanley Vollant’s inspiring six-year 6,000-kilometre walking project several times on this site, and in publications such as The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and Windspeaker. Now, add the Nunatsiaq News — a paper that serves Nunavut — to the list. At the end of the month, Vollant and about 20 other…

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Let’s do launch

Ottawans and Torontonians, plans for the launch of Born to Walk are now firm. In Ottawa, join us if you can at the Fox and Feather pub, 283 Elgin St., on Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. We’ll have a private room and there will be snacks, a cash bar (with a wide selection of…

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Start the presses

It’s official: Born to Walk has been sent to the printer. The official release date is April 1, and there will be launch events in Toronto and Ottawa that month. The Toronto launch will be on Thursday, April 16; more details coming soon. Launches will hopefully be planned for Edmonton and Calgary this spring as…

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Why did the chicken bone cross the road?

You never know what you’re going to see when you go for a walk in a new city. In this case, it’s Cambridge, Mass., across the Charles River from downtown Boston (a separate city, but still part of greater Boston). You might come across a shop that sells nothing but pickles. Or a wild campus…

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Hiking in the Highlands

“It’ll be a pretty severe consequence if you fall off here. A wee bit more than a headache.” So says Keith Melton, the proprietor of Go Glencoe Guiding, who led me up a couple of Munros — a summit above 3,000 feet — during my time on assignment in Scotland last week. The two peaks we did…

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Born to Walk: advance copies!

Advance copies of my book have landed. The publishing date is April 1, 2015. (It should be called “Born to Wait,” one friend said.) Here’s what my publisher, ECW Press, has to say: “The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age, geography, culture, and class, and is one of…