Delighted to be a recommended book for June on Reading Group Choices.

Honoured to serve on jury of the 2018 Governor General's Literary Non-fiction award. Winner announced here.

Red Oblivion is now available as an audiobook from Dreamscape. A sample of the audiobook can be listened to here, and it is available on Audible here.

Enjoyed being interviewed by Minelle Mahtani on her radio show about The Reading List. The interview can be listed to here (my segment starts at the halfway point).

A perceptive review of Red Oblivion in Maria Meindl's "In for the Duration: Books About the Long Haul," published in the 49th Shelf, can be read here.

Jamie Tennant interviews me about my novel on his radio show Get Lit. The interview can be streamed here.

AudioFile magazine praises the narrator of Red Oblivion's audiobook, Janet Song, for her "intense performance," which "adds to the intrigue of this compelling story." The full review can be read here.

Delighted to be Open Book's writer-in-residence for the month of March. I'll be posting mini essays on diverse topics related to writing, reading, memory and inspiration, the first of which can be read here. My other posts, twice per week, will be accessible here. And my interview with Open Book, on the subject of book titles, can be read here

Nice to see that Red Oblivion is included in the 49th Shelf's "Great Books for the Moment." This essay with full book list can be read here.

May is Asian Heritage Month! My guest blog post about how I became interested in my family's experience of the Japanese internment can be read here.

I'm delighted that After the Bloom is on the 49th Shelf's list of books they're looking forward to in 2017. The list, which includes an excerpt from my novel, can be found here. And they've also mentioned my novel in their round-up article on spring picks here

Happy to receive this review in Ottawa Review of Book's fall issue. It can be read here.

Thanks Foreword Reviews for this review of my novel! The review can be read here.

A fun time at my book launch for Red Oblivion at Ben McNally Books.

Enjoyed being interviewed by Ricepaper here.

Curious about what's on my book shelf? My interview in Hazlitt on this topic can be read here.

Had fun being interviewed about Red Oblivion at The Word On The Street 2019. A lively conversation with Kristina and Allie, the hosts of semi-prose podcast.

Had a great time being interviewed about Red Oblivion by Jamie Tennant on Get Lit. The podcast can be listened to here

Thrilled to see Red Oblivion on the 49th Shelf's Most Anticipated: 2019 Fall Fiction Preview. And an excerpt of Red Oblivion in the 49th Shelf can be read here.

My interview with Nikkei Voice about Red Oblivion can be read here.

My interview with Nikkei Voice about my novel and family history can be read here.

My interview in Open Book about how I develop literary characters can be read here.

After the Bloom is on CBC's list of recommended novels about the Japanese Internment here.

Thrilled to receive this review of Red Oblivion in Kirkus Reviews. It can be read here.

A starred review of After the Bloom in Booklist can be read here.

Red Oblivion is The Word On The Street's Book of the Month pick for January. I enjoyed being interviewed on Twitter as part of #WOTSauthorchat. A transcript of the interview can be read here.

My essay in 49th Shelf about my circuitous journey toward becoming a writer can be read here.

The first short story I've written in many years, published in an online magazine about love. The story can be read here. In the same issue, I am interviewed about my love life and how it's influenced my writing here.

My short story "The Breakwater" is being published in the anthology Changing the Face of Canadian Literature, forthcoming from Guernica Editions in September. This short story was inspired by a childhood trip I took with my grandfather to Victoria, BC, to meet his brother, who'd been in the mental health system for fifty years.

World Literature Today invited me to write their "What to Read Now" column for the winter 2020 edition. My guest column can be read here.

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After the Bloom is featured in Bustle's article, These 15 Books With Twist Endings That Will Catch You Seriously Off Guard.

On Booktrib, I talk about my reading tastes, literary influences and current writing project here. And an insightful review of Red Oblivion in Booktrib can be read here.

Some nice ink about Red Oblivion in A Bookish Type can be read here.

Thanks Historical Novel Society for this lovely review of After the Bloom. The review can be read here.

An insightful, detailed review of After the Bloom in the National Post can be read here.

In this guest blog post for Dundurn, I discuss the real life inspiration behind my novel. The blog post can be read here.

A few author interviews and book reviews I did for the National Post:


My interview with Joy Kogawa about her new memoir Gently to Nagasaki can be read here

My review of Claire-Louise Bennett's experimental novel Pond can be read here.

My review of Madeleine Thien's Man Booker nominated novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing can be read here.

My review of Cordelia Strube's novel On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light can be read here.