Yearly Archives: 2022

Evolution of a Novel: How Death at the Savoy Came to Be

Susan Walker, former editor of Quill and Quire, who also served as the Toronto Star’s book editor, and no slouch when it comes to all things literary, has written a wonderful piece about how my new novel (with Prudence Emery),

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DEATH AT THE SAVOY COMES TO THE MOVIES

Prudence Emery and I are delighted that Los Angeles-based The Ponti Company has acquired movie and TV rights to Death at the Savoy, even before its publication May 28. Here’s what producers Sasha Alexander-Ponti and Edoardo Ponti had to say

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FINALLY, A BOOK!

Death at the Savoy arrived on my doorstep early this morning. It’s been a long but mostly delightful journey getting here, in close company with my old friend and collaborator, Prudence Emery. For an author there is nothing quite like

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DEATH AT THE SAVOY BECOMES A (VIRTUAL) REALITY…

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DIRTY BOOKS: WHEN NOVELS COULD SHOCK

The lengthy process that is publishing a new novel, started my mind drifting back to the past, where it all-too-often drifts lately, to a lost era when popular novels actually influenced the culture and stirred controversy in ways unheard of

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HEAVENLY BODIES AND THE DANE: Remembering Actor Lawrence Dane

Larry Dane, or Lawrence of the Dane, as I dubbed him, was always a bit of a renegade in the Canadian film industry. Over the years I knew him, I often thought Larry (actually, Lawrence Zahab) never got the credit

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PETERTHE GREAT: REMEMBERING PETER GODDARD

Not only was Peter Goddard for many years Canada’s pre-eminent music critic, he was also a dear friend who I admired tremendously. Peter had been fighting cancer for the past year or so. True to his contrary nature, he refused

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COMES THE BOOGEYMAN: Russia and a Lifetime of Nightmares

I’ve spent a lifetime worrying about Russia. When I was a kid, it was Communism (out to take over the world!), Sputnik (they were in space first!), the constant threat of nuclear war (in case of nuclear attack huddle under

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The Ghostbuster: Ivan Reitman Remembered

When I first met Ivan Reitman, the most successful commercial filmmaker Canada ever produced who has died at the age of 75, it was back in the dark days when he was producing low-budget exploitation movies. I have this memory

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CALL ME MEAT

We were on our way to a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game, having a bite to eat in a Hollywood diner before heading out. “Now listen,” said Craig Modderno, a freelance journalist who, I had learned from sometimes head-shaking experience,

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