May 26, 2009
Lit City ? Toronto Stories, Toronto Settings ? is a three-month citywide celebration of literary Toronto. It commemorates writers who find inspiration in Toronto and use the city as a setting in their work. The series culminated at the 10th anniversary of Doors Open Toronto. Author / musician / filmmaker Paul Quarrington read an excerpt from his novel ?The Ravine? at Todmorden Mills: Heritage Museum and Arts Centre followed by a walk in the Don Valley. The valley is a perfect stand-in for the pivotal dramatic event in Quarrington’s tale. His semi-autobiographical character Phil McQuigge is set upon by thugs at a pond just like this, an event that puts Phil on a life course for the worse. The Ravine is available in stores and online; Paul’s books, music recordings, and films are featured on his website, paulquarrington.org.? For more book news, visit MovingStories.TV (c) 2009 BookShorts Inc. with thanks to City of Toronto and Doors Open Toronto.
January 30, 2009
Joseph Boyden–the only Canadian novelist who may be a more manly man than yours truly–won the Giller Prize for his novel, “Through Black Spruce.” And Nino Ricci, a very good pal, claimed the Governor General’s Award for “The Origin of Species.” Congratulations, says Quarrington. True, he says it through clenched teeth–his book “The Ravine” has claimed no awards to date–but he says it none the less.? And now, let’s forget about it and move on!
This photo, by the way, is of myself, Nino and his beautiful wife, writer Erika de Vasconcelos.? We are pictured with Scott Griffin and his beautiful wife Krystyne, and the occasion was the Griffin Prize for poetry, another award I’ve never won! Mind you, I’ve never published any poetry, still.. And while I’m being bitter, where’s MY beautiful wife?
September 15, 2008
This just in! The Ravine has been longlisted for the?2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Quarrington is no stranger to the Giller, having been shortlisted in 2004 for Galveston.
“The selections this year are especially formidable. Many of the other nominees are personal friends,” says Quarrington,? “which might cause some difficulty when I begin the hexing incantations and whammies, but hey, I hope they understand. I’m proud to be on such a fine list.”
Is it any wonder that Quarrington won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour? In addition to pulling in the Leacock, his novel King Leary also kept him “on the island,” emerging as sole survivor (read: winner) of the 2008 CBC Canada Reads competition.
The recognition doesn’t end with his books, however. Quarrington is the writer for Moose TV, which won the 2008 Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) Indie Award for Best Comedy Series. He’s also been groovin’ to sell-out crowds across the country with his band Porkbelly Futures. The band has released their eponymous album earlier this year.
April 28, 2008
There’s a bit of the old slipperiness to Paul Quarrington. Any time I’ve met the guy (and the occasions have been few), he’s been friendly, thoughtful, funny, open. But open only to a point. Read the feature article here >>
by JAMES ADAMS for The Globe & Mail
April 28, 2008
March 22, 2008
Quill & Quire Feature Story?of Canada Reads champ Paul Quarrington in the April issue of Quill & Quire, where Quarrington talks candidly about how his personal life affected his new novel, The Ravine.
In the April 2008 issue of Q&Q:
March 21, 2008
“It’s about this writer who squanders his talents in television, drinks too much, screws around and ruins his marriage,” he says. “So, yes, I’ve been telling people it’s semi-autobiographical.”
March 21, 2008
CBC announces: “Long live the King! Paul Quarrington’s King Leary, a novel about hockey, winter and a charming octogenarian rascal, has won Canada Reads 2008.”
Paul Quarrington’s hockey comedy King Leary was defended by Dave Bidini and is the first comic novel to triumph in the Canada Reads debate.