What I'm looking for . . .
When it comes to fiction or memoir, I’m looking for a voice that is arresting from the first page, as in Catherine Gildiner’s Coming Ashore. A strong story is important too, and though I generally don’t acquire genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, mystery, etc.), some genre flair can be a welcome addition, as in Brenda Brooks's Honey. With Crissy Calhoun, I edit the Pop Classics series, and I also work on pop culture books outside the series, especially music books (Joni Mitchell, Nowhere with You). I am always looking for books on health, social issues, women's issues, and the environment, and especially love when those things intersect (The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, Born to Walk, The Fruitful City). While I don't acquire problem-oriented self-help, I am a sucker for vivacious books about self-improvement: let's call this category being awesomer (Careergasm, Happy Go Money). Across the board, I am especially keen to publish underrepresented voices and experiences.
What I read (and loved) recently . . .
I’m often drawn into practical memoirs, and found Dan Harris's 10% Happier to be the perfect example — it’s insightful, critical and funny, not to mention genuinely useful. That blend of the personal and the expository shows up in other recent favourites like Roxane Gay’s Hunger, Kyo Maclear's Birds Art Life, Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass, and anything by Rebecca Solnit. I love personal essay collections, especially by women, like The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. Recent fiction highlights have been The Girls, The Mothers, Beartown, All My Puny Sorrows, The Great Believers, and Girl, Woman, Other.
What I do outside of work . . .
I have a lot of labour-intensive hobbies (gardening, preserving, soap-making), and dedicate much of my time and sweat to yoga and triathlon training. I also love me some Netflix and listen to a ton of CBC Radio, NPR and podcasts in general. I travel and swim as much as possible.