What do you love about your city?

April 2, 2020
by Lindsay
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CBC Radio: Finding joy in these bewildering times

These are, to say the very least, bewildering times as we all self-isolate and try our best to keep COVID-19 at bay. I was out on a millionth walk of the day when I got a call from CBC’s Metro Morning asking if I’d like to chat about finding goodness in these challenging, social-isolating, bizarre times. Of COURSE I said yes, and so on Friday, at Galloway o’clock, I was up, waiting in the Metro Morning “green room” (aka my kitchen) ready to chat about finding the joy these days.

My tips? MAKE LISTS! My spring checklist is giving my life the way it does every year, and this spring I’ve made an additional list— a list to look at when the chips are down, when we’ve all been stuck inside for way too long, for when the anxiety of the state of the world threatens to capsize me. And so far, it seems to be working…

February 11, 2020
by Lindsay
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EXCITING NEWS: Book deal!

I HAVE THE MOST EXITING NEWS!!!!! Book*hug Press is publishing my letter-filled novel, “Letters to Amelia” – a novel about Amelia Earhart – and I AM SO THRILLED! It’ll come out in Fall 2022 (which is both forever and a hot minute from now) – mark your calendars!! I’ve been working on another novel recently, and I must admit, I’ve been missing Amelia. I am so excited to dive back into the manuscript with my editor, Meg Storey. Eeeeee! I am really just so over-the-moon thrilled. PS: Some early incarnations have been published in The Letters Page, Taddle Creek and the temz review!

February 11, 2020
by Lindsay
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Thank you letters to heroes: Part III

One of my favourite things about 2019 was creating Thank You Letters to Heroes, a project with Gabe Thirlwall in which we ask people to write thank you postcards to progressive female-identifying politicians (to counter the vitriolic, abusive mail they get all. the. time).

To kick off 2020, we did an event with a local Girl Guide troupe! The Guides were so thoughtful and wrote such supportive letters and the politicians receiving them are so grateful! It’s all super inspiring.

November 27, 2019
by Lindsay
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CBC Radio: Embrace the sunshine!

It was a delightfully sunny ten degrees on November 26 (!!) and I got to chat with CBC Radio’s Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway about how to max out this unexpected November gift.

My tips? Take off your hats and mitts and turn your face to the sun. And picnic. I wouldn’t be the unofficial Metro Morning picnic correspondent without mentioning a sunshining picnic!

And then, even though it meant working long into the night, I took my own advice and biked down through High Park to the lake (max sun + sparkle!) and sat in a lifeguard tower and revelled in the glorious sunshine. It was magic!

AND I was rewarded en route home with a sundog! I haven’t seen one since I was doing a residency in Saskatchewan!

November 25, 2019
by Lindsay
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Writing In The City + zines

 


I have had the great privilege of leading a creative writing workshop with a group of Grade 6 students this fall through Word-Play’s Writing In The City program. We meet every week at TYPE books and explore all sorts of different ideas, including making zines!

The students were hesitant at first, but then got *really* into zine making and we ended up with over 40 in our zine library!

Outside of our zine creating, we explored characters, setting, plot building, conflict, pacing, and figurative language. It was such an amazing nine weeks.


We also had the most incredible celebration on the final day of our fall term. We PACKED the basement of TYPE books and unveiled our zine library and some students read stories they worked on over the course of the fall. It was truly an extraordinary evening.

October 2, 2019
by Lindsay
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Word On The Street 2019 + so much love

One of my very favourite days of the year is always the day Word On The Street takes over the harbourfront! And this year was no expection – SO many books! SO many people who love books! And a whole pile of thoughtful love letters written at the Learning Station.

Check out a few of them:

And if that wasn’t wonderful enough, I got to meet (and interview!) Sharon and Bram:

September 25, 2019
by Lindsay
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Thank you letters to heroes: Part II

I knew that female-identifying politicians get hate mail, but I had no idea how awful, how consistent, how non-stop it can be. Vitriolic, abusive, horrific messages over email, Twitter, and in the mail. Months ago, Gabe Thirlwall and I wondered what we could do about it. So we teamed up and made postcards (so they knew at first glance it wasn’t hate mail…!) and decided we would cheer them on and thank them for their service.

After a roaring success from our first event, Gabe and I joined up with Lori Neale to send encouraging letters to progressive female-identifying MPPs. The Queen’s Park postcards were designed by Gabe and over 30 people of all ages wrote and coloured 40+ postcards, and shared stories of our progressive female leaders. It was a really inspiring night, our attempt at countering the flood of hate that women politicians receive daily.

We want to do it again! Let us know if your Ontario town needs an event.

(Check out letters from our first event here!)

 

July 29, 2019
by Lindsay
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Word on the Street + BIG on Bloor Festival + LOVE

I had the best time at the Word on the Street tent at the BIG on Bloor festival! It was hot as can be, but we hung out in the shade of the tent and wrote so many love letters to Toronto and it was just lovely!

And then we hid some love letters for people to find:

The Dufferin Station tiles are my favourite!

I just called to say I love you…

July 15, 2019
by Lindsay
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July 20, 2019: BIG on Bloor Festival with Word on the Street

Join me on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the BIG on Bloor Festival. The festival looks AH-MAZING, and I’m so excited to be part of it. I’ll be hanging out at the Word on the Street tent (in front of 1140 Bloor St, just west of Dufferin) from 3-4pm – come write a love letter to this wonderful city we share!

 

July 15, 2019
by Lindsay
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My love letter to Sunnyside Pool (on the radio)

It’s no secret that swimming in the summer is my very favourite thing to do (followed closely by picnicking, then a tie between eating ice cream and eating BLTs…), so when Metro Morning called and asked if I’d be the first guest in their Enthusiast series, I jumped at the chance.

The outdoor pools in Toronto are free (FREE!!!!), and they are the most incredible public spaces. Of course I think the best pool in the city is probably the one closest to you, but I will admit I am partial to this one…

You can listen to be wax poetic with Matt Galloway about why I love swimming here!

PS: I’m also creating a crowd-sourced user guide to Toronto pools here (help out if you can! Or pass it along to a maybe-swimmer!)…AND my mid-July swimming update. Spoiler alert: There’ve been some gold start swims so far!