Author : Helen Walsh

How To Cook A Book

This failsafe recipe will transform your bottom drawer of manuscript pages into a tasty treat for readers everywhere. Meatier than paleo, the steps below will spice up your journey from secret writer to successful author. Think of it as your breakfast of champions. A power lunch. Your new favourite weeknight dinner. . .obsession * This article is published by Open Book during my November 2022 writer-in-residence appointment. To read it, please visit Open Book.

Characters That Capture The Imagination

I visited the wonderous Borghese Gallery and gardens in Rome this summer for the first time. Originally a powerful merchant family from Sienna, the Borgheses moved to Rome in the 16th century. Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew to Pope Paul V (reign 1605–1621), built this breathtakingly grand palazzo in an effort to expand the family’s influence and telegraph their wealth at a time when art was at the very centre of power, government, and civic life. *This article is published by Open Book […]

The Writing Life

It’s late October and I’m writing this on a cold, rainy day after learning my friend, the writer Sylvia Fraser, has passed away. Such profoundly sad news. Sylvia was three decades older than me and more alive than almost anyone I knew. She backpacked alone around India for three months in her sixties. She took ayahuasca (a plant-based psychedelic) in the Amazonian jungle. She demonstrated on the front lines for animal rights.  *This article is published by Open Book during […]

Want To Join Me In Dublin’s Fair City?

The Dublin book launch of Pull Focus, postponed last fall due to Ireland’s strict Covid lockdowns, has been rescheduled for July 12th. I’m entirely delighted. As readers of this newsletter know, I hold dual Canadian and Irish citizenship, and have spent a lot of time in Ireland over the years, visiting friends and family (and my father’s grave, who’s buried in his hometown of Mallow alongside my grandparents). I also partially wrote Pull Focus during two residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie at Annaghmakerrig, […]

Hola, City of Angels 😎 🌴

Well, that was fun. Meet ‘The Jane’ – a gin, cucumber juice, fennel-infused SoCal kind of cocktail, created by Jonathan the mixologist at Piccolo Santa Monica where I held my long Covid re-scheduled City of Angels (aka, Los Angeles) book launch. A drink as feisty and original as her protagonist namesake. It was wonderful to be back in LA, a city where I previously worked. Years ago, during a two-year run on a crazy entertainment project, I’d fly […]

The Cozy Mystery of Spirited Ex-Pats & Other Happenings

Recently, we watched the first episode of Murder in Provence, a cozy mystery series produced by ITV, airing on BritBox. A Cozy Mystery Worth Watching Set in Aix-en-Provence, France, the scenery will leave you drooling, nose pressed against the television, as cars wind through breathtaking lavender fields, or pull up in front of 16th-century chateaus. Then there’s the restaurant scenes where middle-aged characters (yay!) drink rosé and eat charcuterie during long lunchtime meetings, while the sun beams beatifically on the […]

AfterWords Literary Festival, Virtual – April 14, 2022, 6pm ET/7pm AT

This great Halifax-based festival takes place in the fall, this year Sept 28-Oct 2, with a hybrid line-up. But they’ve also launched off-season virtual programming; this spring that includes Stephens Gerard Malone, Michelle Good and me. You’re all very welcome to join us digitally when I’ll be in conversation with writer, journalist, and festival co-director Stephanie Domet. Free registration HERE. The festival bookseller is another great indie bookstore, BookMark, which has locations in Halifax and Charlottetown.

Los Angeles Launch, Piccolo Santa Monica – March 28, 2022, 5-7pm.

My US book tour dates last fall got postponed due to Covid restrictions. The LA date has been rescheduled for March 28th. It’s in-person, at an outdoor venue. Delighted to be partnering with Diesel Books, a great independent bookstore with locations in Brentwood and Del Mar. If you’re going to be in LA then, please email me, info@helenwalsh.ca, for details as would love for you to come. Many thanks to the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles for […]

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