Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative

Prohibition Podcast

October 16, 2014

My interview about Closing Time with Joe Planta is now online at Joe's website, thecommentary.ca.

If you are not familiar with Joe's site, I encourage you to spend some time there. He has an archive of interviews with just about every writer you can imagine. 

October 12, 2014

Next week finds me winging my way eastward to Toronto where I am fortunate to be showcasing my book Closing Time at one of Ben McNally's Authors' Brunches next Sunday (Oct. 19).

I'll be alongside Brian Little, a psychologist with a new book about personality, and Catherine Gildiner, the memoirist and novelist, both of whom are hugely entertaining speakers. As if...

October 10, 2014

The folks at The 49th Shelf have inaugurated a new series of essays called "Talking History" about "the notion of history as a compelling form of storytelling."

The series kicks off today with a contribution from yours truly.

The 49th Shelf is the go-to website for information about Canadian books and writers.

October 4, 2014

All modesty aside, my friends at BC Bookworld have some nice things to say about the Mayor's Arts Award, coming up next week.

October 2, 2014


I was down at CBC Radio this morning recording a couple of interviews about the new book. Ric Cluff, host of the morning program, kindly allowed me to carry away this lovely mug which I have added to my odd assortment in the cupboard. I have old Geist mugs so well-used that the logo has worn away, mugs that I acquired at pottery shops now forgotten, mugs that were Christmas...

September 29, 2014

If you are in Vancouver on Wednesday, October 8, and looking for something completely different, why not join Will Woods and me on a walking tour of some of the city's illicit historic sites?

Will is the founder and chief storyteller at Forbidden Vancouver, a tour company that specializes in the offbeat and the slightly exotic side of Vancouver history. He has allowed me to tag along as a guest co-guide for one night only to talk about...