Book launch is planned! Happening February 28th, 2017 at Munro’s Books, Victoria BC. 7 pm. All are welcome!
Autumn 2016: What the heck? It’s been a grand season, writing-wise. My personal essay, “It Not Only Rises, It Shines,” has just won the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, via The New Quarterly. Thrilled! You can find it here. And Susan Scott interviewed me about it here. Thank you, TNQ!
And… My short story “The Expansion” is the winner of The Rusty Toque’s Chapbook Competition. It’ll be published in Spring 2017, with an excerpt that’s just been published in the latest issue of the magazine. Pinching myself over here!
April, 2016: A poem in Bywords, an Ottawa lit journal. Resurrection. This poem was also given Honourable Mention in the John Newlove Poetry Prize in October 2016.
January 20, 2016: Reservoir, a new online literary journal, has published a personal essay of mine about my time living in Montreal. Very pleased to have this out in the world; it was long/shortlisted for two competitions last year. They’ve just nominated it for a Best of the Net award, too (Sept. 2016).
Update: The Pull of the Moon won the Victoria Butler Book Prize on October 14th, 2015. Wow. It all feels a little surreal. So, so grateful.
Sept. 15th. 2015… Hurray!!! The Pull of the Moon is on the shortlist for the Victoria Book Prize!! Here’s the Press Release my fine publisher, Brindle & Glass, sent out:
We are very pleased to announce that Julie Paul’s short story collection#ThePulloftheMoon has been shortlisted for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, one of two prizes awarded by the Victoria Book Prizes.
Upon learning that her book is a finalist, Paul, who is a very active member of the Victoria writing community, said: “I was so very excited to find out this fantastic news! I am honoured to be in such fine company, and to live and create in a such a supportive community.”
Paul’s book was one of five to be shortlisted for the adult literature prize, including titles by Grant Buday, Karen Enns, Arleen Paré, and Nancy Turner. The winner will be announced at a gala event to be held at the Union Club of Victoria on October 14. Tickets are available for purchase.
In The Pull of the Moon, which was chosen as a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book in 2014, Paul explores the strength and weakness of relationships when secrets are kept and revealed. Through characters that are wholly relatable and circumstances both foreign and familiar, Paul shows us how secrets act as a distillation of what each of us wants most—attention, connection, and belonging.
With a number of stories set in Victoria, including one in which the two main characters lie beneath a weeping Camperdown Elm in the famed Ross Bay Cemetery, The Pull of the Moon has been called “illuminating” by the The Coastal Spectator, and “thoroughly good,” by the The Globe and Mail.
Established in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize awards $5,000 to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. The prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies.
Back in May, 2015: TPOTM won an IPPY!
Poetry news: One of my poems, “Mistakes We Have Made,” has made it on Arc’s Poem of the Year Shortlist. It’s available on their website now, where you can also read the other 23 poems and vote for your fave in their Readers’ Choice contest.
CNF news: My personal essay, “Montreal, I Love You,” made the carte blanche/CNFC competition‘s long list. It was shortlisted for Event’s CNF contest in August, 2015, as well.
An essay of mine, “Toute Seule? (All Alone?), is now out in Caitlin Press’s anthology, This Place a Stranger. It should be in bookstores now.
Older News… (not news)
And just last week, I learned that I was one of Little Fiction’s nominations for a Pushcart Prize, for my story, “Damage.” So grateful for that!
I’m so happy to be a guest blogger on Gail Anderson-Dargatz‘s fine writing site. I talk about how I wrote my way back into writing, many years ago…
September 30th, 2014: THE PULL OF THE MOON was launched. Now available across Canada.
August 2014: One last taste of THE PULL OF THE MOON before it’s released next month: the story “Weeping Camperdown” is now online in The Danforth Review. So lovely to see this one out there, and just in the nick of time, too.
July 2014: My story “Squirrel People” is out in PRISM International, and will be in my new collection, coming soon…
June 2014: I’ve got a poem in the new issue of Canadian Literature, part of a manuscript in progress about village life. Thanks, editors!
My story, “Damage,” is now online in Little Fiction. Thank you, Editor Troy.
May 2014: Thrilled to have my poem “Highway 511, Lanark Village,” in the Spring issue of Grain magazine!
Also, a story from my first collection, “Instant Family,” has been reprinted in Compose Journal, along with a piece about how it came to be written. Glad to see it online and accessible to more readers!
April 2014 news: My story, “Squirrel People,” will be coming out in PRISM International, in July, 2014. Thank you to the amazing Jane Campbell, fiction editor, for finding a home for this critter. It’ll be in the collection, too…
News, November 2013: Wow. My second collection is going to be published by the wonderful Brindle & Glass, in September of 2014. Thrilled!
Older news, not exactly news…
Other than that wonderful news, my most recent bit of good fortune is that my story, “Her Full Name was Beatrice,” is in Event Magazine 42.2. So happy to see it in print! It was also named as one of the best stories of 2013 on this list: Thanks, PRISM Mag.
I’m also very happy to have three poems in the Fall 2012 issue of PRISM International.
Similar feelings abound for my story “Viable,” which was just published in Qwerty‘s Fall 2012 issue.
My story, “The Pull of the Moon,” was recently published in The Dalhousie Review.
I’ve got a short story in carte blanche, too!
And this just in, as of February 2013: I have a story in the online journal, The Rusty Toque.
Arc Poetry Magazine has recently featured my poem, “Spring,” on its website for National Poetry month, April 2013.
Geist just arrived, with my poem “Advice” reprinted from its original home in PRISM. Thanks, Geist!