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BOAT TROUBLE Podcast


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


MOUSE BRADFORD AT HAMILTON’S BATTLE OF THE BOOKS


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?