Featured in the Edmonton Journal

Although I keep telling friends that this is it, the last you'll hear about Rumi and the Red Handbag, I continue to be (happily) quite wrong about that. Earlier this past week, I received an email from Brent Wittmeier from the Edmonton Journal asking me if we could sit down and chat about the book. We met at a downtown coffee shop and talked about the book, purses (of course), philosophy, and the writing process. 

You can read the article online: "Edmonton author dives deep into purses and philosophy."

As you can see in the photo above, my mug was not only used for the article, but also appeared on the front page, and on the front of the section page. So I got to feel all fancy and famous for the day, which was a bit of fun. 

Reviewed in Alberta Views Magazine


Rumi and the Red Handbag has been reviewed by Merna Summers in the latest (December 2015) issue of Alberta Views. The review isn't available online, but here is a short excerpt:

"Lemay's superb writing holds the many disparate elements of this novel together. The author is a respected poet and has written a short non-fiction book, but Rumi marks her entry into the world of the novel. Clearly it is a form for which she has great gifts."

"...this allusive and gracefully written story." 


The Pickle Me This 2015 Best Books of the Year

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Another list! Rumi and the Red Handbag is on The Pickle Me This 2015 Best Books of the Year list, and with a great description: 

Rumi and the Red Handbag is a slim, heartbreaking and perfect read, rich with gorgeous prose, and depth and texture. Infused with allusions, explicit and otherwise, it’s a hushed and quiet celebration of women and their lives and their words and the secrets they carry. There is the Woolf, of course, and references to Clarice Lispector, who I’ve never read, but now I have to, and Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath. Plus vintage Harlequins—this is a book that permits great reverence to women’s stories and women’s spaces.” 

Meanwhile, there's a short interview with me on Stephanie Medford's blog, Everyday Artistry, about creative living. Very lovely to be asked to do this. 

Hometown Love and First Fiction Fridays

I was really happy to see Rumi and the Red Handbag in the number one position on The Edmonton Journal's Best Seller List again. To get that hometown support is terrific. 

On Friday, it was featured on the All Lit Up blog for their First Fiction Fridays

In other news, I received a City of Edmonton Arts and Culture Citation Award last week. You can see my Facebook post (even if you're not on Facebook as I've made the post public). It was a pretty swanky ceremony and I was pleased and honoured to be recognized. 

Lastly, I'll just point out that Rumi and the Red Handbag is on Goodreads. So if you're also on Goodreads, I'd love it if you could rate it or say a word or two about it.