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…

Multimedia mayhem!

It’s been a busy few days here at Born to Walk headquarters. Yesterday, I was interviewed by radio host (and walking convert) Larry Fedoruk on 610 CKTB St. Catherines. You can listen to the conversation here (and I promise not to say “you know” as often next time). Last week, I was interviewed by the…

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…