Climate change in Bangladesh

I just returned from a month-long trip to Bangladesh where I spoke to farmers about how flooding, cyclones and soil salinization are affecting their ability to grow crops. CTV Winnipeg sat down with me and Paul Plett to ask us about our trip. More articles to come. Watch the interview here.

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Writing the revolution

When the 2011 revolution broke out in Egypt. Alrawi booked a flight to Cairo. “I felt I’d been part of what led up to it,” he says. “It was only right that I should be there.” During the 18 days of protests that brought down President Hosni Mubarak, Alrawi lived in an apartment overlooking Tahrir Square […]

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Marilynne Robinson’s abundant grace

I came to church that night, not to hear a sermon per se, but to listen to someone whose writings I treasure almost like sacred texts. Robinson’s novels make me weep. When I reach the last page, I usually turn the book over and start again at the beginning. What touches me so deeply in […]

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Writing non-fiction characters

This week Story Board, an online resource for independent journalists, interviewed me about freelance writing. Below is an excerpt. You can read the whole interview here. Q: How do you know if you have a good story idea? Are there elements of an idea that tell you that it’s a winner? There’s a couple of things I look […]

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A story about my mother

The morning was grey and thin as cloth when my mother and I came down to the beach. The surface of the bay lay flat, the colour of aluminum. We sat on a wet cedar log abandoned by the tide. I set the table on a water-worn stump: two teacups, a Thermos full of milky […]

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A Good Father

“When he lifted his dripping face, his son had stopped crying and was sitting, staring at him from across the room. The streetlight outside the window laid yellow light on the floor, cut into trapezoids by bare elm branches. The father sat down on the linoleum. He could see the shape of his son’s face, […]

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