Home Ice: Book Tour

Meet author Angie Abdou on tour for her new book: Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom.

The author of the Canada Reads–nominated The Bone Cage tackles the ups and downs of amateur hockey, from a mother’s point of view

Over 570,000 people are registered in Hockey Canada and over 600,000 in Hockey USA. It’s a national obsession. But what does that really mean when your child wants to play on a team? As a former varsity athlete and university instructor teaching sport literature, novelist Angie Abdou is no stranger to sport obsession, but she finds herself conflicted when faced with the reality of the struggles, joys, and strains of having a child in amateur hockey. In Home Ice, with equal parts humour and anguish, Abdou charts a full season of life as an Atom-level hockey mom, from summer hockey camp to the end-of-season tournament. Her revealing stories and careful research on issues such as cost, gender bias, concussion, and family pressures offer a compellingly honest and complex insider’s view of parenting today’s young athlete in a competitive and high-pressure culture.


Fernie, BC
September 4 • 7:30 PM
Hometown Launch
Polar Peek Books

Cranbrook, BC
September 6 • 7:30 PM
Lotus Books

Victoria, BC
September 8 • 6:30 PM
The Good Earth Coffee Shop, Oak Bay
w. Jamie Dopp

Vancouver, BC
September 10 • 7:00 PM
Vancouver Public Library,
Central Branch
w. Hal Wake & Jan Redford

Salt Spring Island, BC
September 11 • 7:30 PM
Salt Spring Island Library
w. Hal Wake & Jan Redford

Red Deer, AB
September 15 • 3:00 PM
w. Laura Davis

Calgary, AB
September 19 • 6:00 PM
Rose & Crown
w. Writers’ Guild of Alberta

Lethbridge, AB
September 22 • TBD
Word on the Street Lethbridge

Nelson, BC
September 28 • 7:00 PM
Oxygen Art Centre
w. Deryn Collier & Roz Nay

Winnipeg, MB
October 1 • 7:30 PM
McNally Robinson
w. Douglas Brown

Toronto, ON
October 3 • 6:00 PM
Ben McNally Books
w. Erica Ehm

London, ON
October 4 • 7:00 PM
London Public Library, Landon Branch
w. Andrea Nair

Hamilton, ON
October 7 • 7:00 PM
Lit Live Reading Series,
The Staircase Theatre

Edmonton, AB
October 13 • 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM
Edmonton LitFest 


Home Ice book tour by ECW Press


Additional dates to be posted as they come up. For event bookings, please contact Susannah Ames at susannah@ecwpress.com.

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1 comment

  • Angie Abdou is a graceful person, her books a treasure. I appreciate her as my professor, and mentor.

    Cindy Sternberg on

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