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Why don’t more Canadians know about Constance Beresford-Howe?

Meet The Lizard Man

Literary Review Of Canada: Double Or Nothing

Writers & Fraudsters: We Dream Big and We Believe Our Lies

Read An Excerpt

Can someone like Dale Paul be forgiven?

Could you be like Dale Paul?

Cover Reveal for The Dead Celebrities Club


Anxiety Pancakes: Writing a Novel is like Building a House (Or Something)

Anxiety Pancakes: The Horror of Vulnerability

Anxiety Pancakes: When Is A Novel Finished?

Riding through the Waves like Poseidon Scouting Out Film Locations

Film Deal for The Western Light with Upcoming Canadian Women Producers

As Promised, Stories about Bad Decisions You Don’t Regret

Stories about Bad Decisions You Regret and Bad Decisions You Don’t

Trampoline Hall

Good Night, Descant–a Literary Gemstone for Four Decades

Talking to Orillia Writers on February 22–Come if you’re in the hood

Join Us For Early & Traditional Christmas Dinner from my Novel, The Western Light

Swans Talks Literature and Politics at the Sino-Canada Literary Forum

Why We Should Stop Worrying about Taxes and Figure Out the Best Way to Spend Them

A Goodbye to Hotel Chelsea

Jane Urquhart hops on board the Writers’ Blog Tour

Summer is over and I’m on the Writers’ Blog Tour

The Raw Intimate Experience of Reading the New (unromantic) Romantics

Be sure to add The Western Light to your summer reading list. Coming this spring in paperback:

Book City Gets Its Dues: Why We Love Its Indie Book Stores

Help Us Make Protest Go Viral Today Vs Expanding Airport

Let’s Protect Our Children

We thought the city agreement protected us

What’s With the Sticky Black Stuff on the Window Sills?

Our Young People Are at Ground Zero in This Mess

No Brain IS an Island Airport Expansion

No Brain is an Island Airport (expansion)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Fourteen)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Thirteen)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Twelve)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Eleven)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (day ten)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (day nine)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Eight)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Seven)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Six)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (day five)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Four)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day three)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Two)

Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel

The Q & A of Doing It Yourself: Indie author Robert MacBain on his new novel, Two Lives Crossing

Emancipation Day–Passing as White When You’re Black

Eat, Drink and Be Literary: One of Canada’s Best Reading Series at Niagara-on-the-Lake

In conversation with Susan Swan at the Annette Library, Oct 21

Dave Bidini on his new memoir Keon and Me

Wine & Words with Susan Swan

Author Catherine Bush on the trauma of false accusation

Susan Swan: The Western Light

My Novel-Writing Secrets, and Essay Writing too

How to Stare Down the Blank Page: Dictate!

Author Unveils Roots at Chapters in Barrie

Ridgeway Reads spring Author Series with Susan Swan

The New, Expanded Heroines of the Sexual Gothic show in London, May 2, 8 p.m.

A Book Club Weekend


The Fantastic, Fearless and Furious World of Gabrielle de Montmollin

The Circle Women’s Centre presents: Heroines of the Sexual Gothic

Two book club offers you don’t want to miss this spring.

Here’s My Scoop on Literary Fathers and Daughters–For the LRC

So You Want to be a Famous Writer

A Girl Making Herself Up

Help choose the paperback cover for The Western Light

The Sunday Morning Writer’s Blog is Back

My Fun Trumps Fussy Family Christmas in Globe and Mail (plus recipes)

Star Review Compares The Western Light to Huck Finn

Some Wise Things I Forgot I Knew

Is It Wrong to Flog Books on Facebook?

The Western Light: a perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season

Reading Like a Writer: Authors and their beloved books

A Letter to my Younger Self

Rolled cigarettes, mothers in literature and a new fiction prize for women

The Rosalind Prize for Fiction is Born

More Magazine Reviews Susan Swan’s The Western Light

WordFest: How should a writer be? Tips from living writers about the writing life

The Western Light is ranked as the hottest new book release by Chatelaine

Making the Calgary Festival Scene

Vancouver Sun Praises The Western Light as a “Spellbinding Tale”

Swan’s Q and A on The Western Light

The Western Light praised as “a novel for all generations”

Projections of the Western Light

An Evening With Canadian Author Susan Swan

Susan Swan’s Fall Book Tour Schedule for The Western Light

Susan Swan and Bob Duff talk Hockey and Heroines with Marc Cote

Susan Swan Graces the Cover of The Quill & Quire

Join us as for the launch of The Western Light by Susan Swan, August 29th

Heroines of the Sexual Gothic Launches the Eden Mills Writers’ Festvial

The Wives of Bath Goes Digital

Heroines of the Sexual Gothic Celebrates the Toronto Women’s Bookstore

Three shades of sex talk: female writers on the challenges of erotic fiction

A P.S. on Agents Next Week

What You Should Know about Agents:

No Sunday Morning Writer’s Blog–Back Again Next Sunday

How to Write a Cover Letter to an Agent or a Publisher

You’re Invited:

Heroines of the Sexual Gothic and Where Do Writers Get their Ideas?

James Wood and the Breezy, Free, Indirect Style

In the Voice of the Non-Bleeders

Why I Picketed with the Library Workers

Susan Swan Pickets with the Toronto Library Workers

Getting Rid of the Fish Head

Gender Crossing and Casanova

How Present is Your Present Tense?

Travel is Like Writing

The ‘God is in the Details’ Thing

The Idea For a Novel Can Come From The Most Unlikely Places

The Globe and Mail’s Roundup of Hot and Sexy Reads

Kobo Offering an Amazing Valentine Special on E Book

Goodreads Giveaway

Truth is Not Autobiography

Swan inspired by historic hometown

The Uselessness of Drone Writing

Tune in today to listen to Susan live on Spark: CBC Radio One

Podcast day wrapped up on Friday for Book Club Valentine: What Casanova Told Me

How to Write with a Cold

Book Club Valentine

You can go home again

Are great writers egomaniacs?

Getting ready for the Giller

“An American woman novelist who wrote a book about a family would never be called ‘America’s greatest living writer'” … my recap on Saturday’s IFOA event.

More thoughts and articles on refugee journalists…

International Festival of Authors – Roundtable: The Family Dynamic

The Journalist’s Tale: Running for Your Life Across a Dessert Border

Singapore Slings with the Enemy

A Writer’s Life: the Dark Side First

Why Casanova?

The Wives of Bath’s New Prologue: About the Process of Making the Book into a Film

What Only the Peacock Knows

Mouse is back in Susan Swan’s prequel to ‘The Wives of Bath’: a Globe and Mail review

Butting Heads: Susan Swan in Conversation

Why Casanova?