Category Archives: News

Valentine’s Day and the San Miguel Writers’ Conference

San Miguel Writers' Conference

February is shaping up to be an enjoyable month. Éditions Hurtubise is hosting a Valentine’s Day promotion for the French e-book/pdf of Muse for the very attractive price of $9.00. As they say, «Pour la Saint-Valentin, offrez-vous une histoire d’amour!» Guess where I’m going to be spending Valentine’s Day? In Mexico! In a few days, I’ll escape rainy Vancouver on… Read More

New Life for Muse

Mary in Avignon

It’s been a good week for Muse. It was a pleasure to receive a thoughtful review on April 10 on the blog Ramblings of a Reader, by Maria Vigornia, with the intriguing title of “Fabula Argentea: Mary Novik’s Muse.” Also, on April 15, Caitlin Hicks, wrote a very generous review of Muse on Goodreads. Thank you, Maria and Caitlin! As well,… Read More

Authors for Indies Day, May 2, 2015

Kidsbooks Couch

On May 2, 2015, authors across Canada will be volunteering in independent bookshops to meet customers and hand-sell books. This initiative, called Authors for Indies, has been organized by author Janie Chang of Vancouver to help bookstores build sales and attract new customers. The list of participating bookstores and authors can be found at  Over 120 bookstores and 480… Read More

The French Muse

French edition of Muse

Spring is blooming here in Vancouver (sorry, rest of Canada!) The crocuses are already finished, the azaleas are in flower, and the videos of our Japanese cherries and plums are already up on YouTube. The writing scene is blooming as well. Today is the publication day of the French translation of Muse, a glorious day! The translators are Lori Saint-Martin… Read More

Novel Nights at The Book Warehouse on Main


If you live in Vancouver, you know about The Book Warehouse, which has been going strong at Broadway and Ash since 1980. In 2012, they were rescued from looming closure by Cathy and Mel Jesson of Black Bond Books, and I had the pleasure of appearing there, with Roberta Rich, in 2013 (see photo). A year ago, Book Warehouse on Main… Read More

YouTube Video of Pope’s Palace in Avignon

This YouTube video will take you on a tour of the Pope’s palace in Avignon. We begin outside the west façade of the palace, where a busker is entertaining for coins, enter through the double portcullis, take a look around the courtyards, peer out of the Pope’s indulgence window. Then we join the secret palace tour to see inside a… Read More

French edition of Muse on Horizon

How exciting to get my first glimpse of the cover for the French translation of Muse! Also titled Muse, it will be published by Éditions Hurtubise on February 26, 2015 and distributed in France by Librairie du Québec. The award-winning translators, Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, have done a wonderful job and I feel very fortunate that Hurtubise has put… Read More

Children’s Literacy Fundraiser

Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, is hosting a silent auction on Friday, November 21, 2014 to support children’s literacy, The money raised will fund children’s scholarships to attend workshops at the Lyceum. I encourage you to bid on some of the fabulous items, including a book club set of my novel Muse (courtesy of  Random House of… Read More

Fall 2014 Events

I’m very much looking forward to appearing at Christianne’s Lyceum on Thursday, October 2, 2014 in their Meet the Author Series. The event, from 7 to 9 pm, will be an informal, relaxed discussion of my second novel, Muse. I loved talking to Christianne’s book club when Conceit came out and look forward to answering everybody’s questions about Muse. The fee is $22 for one… Read More

Giveaway of Four Exciting Summer Novels

Random House is giving away four super summer novels. The contest runs until the end of July at Retreat by Random House and the giveaway includes Kate Pullinger’s prize-winning Mistress of Nothing, Jo Baker’s Longbourn, the Pride and Prejudice spinoff, the first volume in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and my new beach-size Muse. Outlander has a new cover to promote the TV series… Read More