Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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I’ve never been particularly good at making travel arrangements. The details get the better of me. I feel a great deal of anxiety that perhaps I’ve booked the wrong flight, or scheduled it for the wrong day. I print out two copies of the boarding pass even though I need zero. Things like this.

Some upcoming trips associated with the promotion of my book have allowed me to revisit these moments of computer-poised fretfulness. Do other writers out there in Open Book Nation experience this too? Is it a form of OCD? Maybe it’s an affliction of poets more generally. The very first book tour I ever did (through the Maritimes with my first book Cartography and Walking) involved similar moments of travel mania. I was lucky enough to be touring with Tim Lilburn. The two of us struggled a bit with making sure we hadn’t left our books and other personal items behind in hotel rooms. Tim even confessed to me his concern about having left the stove on back in Saskatchewan. We managed to double-check for each other and make it through the journey. Actually, it was an amazing book tour; one I will always remember for reasons well beyond travel anxieties. I felt so fortunate to get the chance to travel around with Tim Lilburn and talk poetry through the long car rides—even if I did occasionally wonder if I’d remembered to put the gas cap on back at the self-serve.

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Adam Dickinson

Adam Dickinson’s poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and internationally. His first book of poetry, Cartography and Walking (Brick Books), was shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award. His second collection, Kingdom, Phylum (Brick Books), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His third collection of poetry, The Polymers is published by House of Anansi Press.

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