Author Archives: Peggy Blair

More on Ottawa Book Awards Shortlist! #UmbrellaMan

Very kind of Marlène Barré, the Cultural Funding Officer at the City of Ottawa, to send me the jury’s notes on Umbrella Man as well as the official photos from the celebrations.  Here they are! Umbrella Man In Umbrella Man, Peggy Blair … Continue reading

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Ottawa Book Awards

Class act last night at the Ottawa Book Awards. It’s a bilingual event, free to the public, and held in the Jean-Pigott room at City Hall. Umbrella Man had been shortlisted for the Best English Fiction Award, which came as … Continue reading

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City of Ottawa Book Award #Shortlist!

Very nice to learn that Umbrella Man has been shortlisted for an Ottawa Book Award! Here’s the link to the complete list of Ottawa authors — with thanks to Peter Robb). Really great company to be in! Thanks, Ottawa and good … Continue reading

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Nice …..

@nigelbeale I'm a literary tourist because of you! #OldHavana #TheBeggarsOpera @peggy_blair pic.twitter.com/608kB9QPFi — Pat Grew (@PatGrew) July 7, 2017

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Agent Rejections – Here are some samples. Read ’em and weep.

For a variety of reasons, I am no longer writing the Inspector Ramirez series. I had one publisher that owns world English rights to the first two books and another that owns Canadian rights to the second two books and … Continue reading

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Fan Mail! #SpoilerAlert

Nothing makes an author happier than a happy reader, so a big shout out to Frank who took the time to drop me a note in the mail. I love getting fan mail! So happy he enjoyed the books. (But … Continue reading

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The Inconsistencies in Joseph Boyden’s Various Backgrounds

I’ve had a lot of my non-indigenous friends express sympathy for the beleaguered author, Joseph Boyden. They think his background sounds complicated and that perhaps  he’s being unfairly criticized for not being “Indian enough,” as one of them said to me … Continue reading

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Joseph Boyden’s Disputed Status as Indigenous Spokesman and Why it Matters

Late last week, celebrity author Joseph Boyden’s indigenous background was questioned by both Jorge Barrera of the the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and by an indigenous blogger, Robert Jago. The questions they raised created a firestorm of controversy on … Continue reading

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