Nascemos para caminhar

I’m thrilled to announce that the Portuguese version of Born to Walk — Nascemos para caminhar: O poder renovador de andar a pé — has been released by Brazilian publisher Livrarias Martins Fontes. The title, best I can figure (i.e., Google translate), means “We are born to walk: The renewing power of walking,” which sounds pretty good…

Un pied devant l’autre

Despite my woeful pronunciation, conjugation and vocabulary when I attempt to speak Canada’s other official language, I’m thrilled to announce that the French translation of Born to Walk has been released by Montreal-based les Éditions Québec Amérique. Un pied devant l’autre — one foot in front of the other — was translated by the extremely talented and diligent…

Awards and anthology

It’s a thrill to announce that Born to Walk is a finalist in the non-fiction category at this year’s Ottawa Book Awards. The other titles on the shortlist are Children of the Broken Treaty, by NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus, a pair of historical works by Carleton professors Tim Cook and Norman Hillmer, and Roy MacGregor’s…

Trespassing Across America

Back in my magazine editing days, we received a story pitch from a photographer who planned to fly atop the entire route of the proposed Gateway pipeline, from Alberta to the British Columbia coast. The photographer, a Canadian member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, wanted to document the landscape that would have been impacted by…

Walk talks

Although the fall is a lovely season for hitting the trail, or wandering around a city, it’s also a time when we begin to retreat indoors. Autumn in Canada brings an array of conferences and festivals — and thankfully, for an obsessive walker, some of these events are a great showcase for my favourite subject. I’ll…

Edmonton trails — and media

I did some walking last week in Edmonton, the city where I lived for 10 years before moving to Ottawa. The trails in the North Saskatchewan River Valley and Mill Creek Ravine were as beautiful as ever, with the scent of spring in the air and on the trees. Unfortunately, I had to head home before…

Alberta bound

The Born to Walk travelling roadshow heads to Alberta next week for events in Canmore, Calgary and Edmonton on April 28, 29 and 30. The full scoop is below, but I’m thrilled to be joining Tom Babin, the author of Frostbike, and Stephen Legault, who wrote Running Toward Stillness, to talk about the commonalities and differences…

A book is born

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Fox and Feather pub in Ottawa last night for the official launch of Born to Walk. (We put the “pub” in “pub date”!) It was great to see so many familiar faces, and so many unfamiliar faces too. An extra thank you to Ottawa city councillor…