What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Ghost Brush is a recent novel, and Hearts of Flame, also a novel, was recently re-released in a 20th Anniversary eBook edition with a new introduction from Iguana Books.
Quick description: The Ghost Brush is the story of Oei, the daughter of the great 19th century printmaker Hokusai, and the unacknowledged creator of many works attributed to him. It’s the story of a father and his gifted daughter, their devotion and rivalry as they lived and worked together until his death at 90. It has been published in the United States as The Printmaker’s Daughter, and will appear in translation in Spain, Quebec, and Japan.
Hearts of Flame is a portrait of a city and a generation at a crossroads, and looks at old friends and lovers, anew.
The author of twelve books, Katherine has been instrumental in establishing two innovative writing programs. In 1989, with teacher Trevor Owen, she helped found Writers in Electronic Residence. Today she is the founder and Director of The Shoe Project working to improve the written and spoken English of immigrant women.
Katherine’s novel Creation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003. She won Canada’s Marian Engel Award for a woman writer (1997) and the Toronto Book Award (1992). She has twice been shortlisted for the Trillium Prize.
Katherine travels between Toronto and Canmore, Alberta, with her partner, a food and wine publisher, and their dog, Jasper. She holds a black belt in classical martial arts and loves skiing and hiking in the Rockies.
What are you working on now?
A novel set in the past century in a fictional Rocky Mountain town called Gateway where coalminers mingle with runaway aristocrats.
Here’s an update from Katherine that appeared recently on Reading Recommendations about the publication of a new book published in May, titled Half for You and Half for Me.
Katherine’s reading recommendation:
I am reading Country Girl, A Memoir, by Edna O-Brien.