This is the place for news about my novel, The Society of Experience, as well as other published works and live appearances:
Attention: Do you have a book club and are interested in reading or featuring The Society of Experience? I would be happy to drop-in for a personal appearance as a guest (location permitting) or take part in a Skype or email-based Q&A with your group. If you are interested, feel free to get in touch here.
October 2, 2017 My essay from the Humber Literary Review, On Madness Within Imagination, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Canadian Essays of 2017. This will be available in-store and online beginning in November.
January 24, 2017 The Society of Experience has been shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Awards - I am honoured!
December 31, 2016 I have an essay included in the latest issue of the Humber Literary Review, which is themed around mental health. My essay, On Madness Within Imagination, looks at the ways we portray madness in fiction and asks whether we need to rethink some unexamined bad habits.
November 7, 2016 Details of my whirlwind tour of Alberta (Nov 9th - 13th) can be found here.
October 26, 2016 Found Press, who has published my stories in their unique digital singlet format, is experimenting with the idea of creating limited print editions of select authors' stories. I'm happy to say that one of those chosen is Snowshoe, my spooky piece about a father trying to get his son to sleep only to realize the boy is haunted by something more ominous than the wind outside. This is well-timed since I read from Snowshoe on October 25th for the International Festival of Authors and it got a great reception. I have in my possession 15 copies - that is the extent of the initial print run since they are handbound. I am selling them for $10 each (optionally signed, if you wish). Or, if you haven't yet read The Society of Experience (longlisted for the Sunburst Award, fave of Harper's Bazaar magazine, as well as Emily Saso's favourite book of 2015) I will sell a bundle of Snowshoe and The Society of Experience (regular $32 if bought individually) for $28 (and yes, optionally signed, if you wish). Crazy cheap bargain Cahill stop it. Obviously, I only have 15 copies of Snowshoe, and while there will most likely be more in production (I can tell you there is a lot of interest from independent bookstores here in Toronto in this and other FP titles) because they are hand-made they don't exactly slide off a conveyor by the hundreds. In other words, there's no guarantee when more will be available. If you are interested, get in touch: matt [at] mattcahill [dot] ca. Note: postage is extra (but reasonable)
October 15, 2016 I'm going to be reading at the Literary Press Group's Boos & Books event on October 25th, which is part of the International Festival of Authors. I'm thrilled to have been selected as well as honoured to be part of the IFOA. Because it's a Halloween-themed event, I'm going to be reading an excerpt from my short story, Snowshoe (if you haven't read it, it's available at Found Press for the price of a cup of coffee - super cheap!).
Meanwhile, November 9th - 13th I'm going to be on a tour of Alberta, reading/promoting The Society of Experience. Current dates are as follows:
November 9 - Camrose (University of Alberta campus)
November 12 - Calgary (location tbd)
November 13 - Edmonton (Audreys Books)
Somewhere in here I'm hoping to make an appearance in Red Deer - stay tuned! Lastly, I have an essay coming out in the next Humber Literary Review (due in November). This is a themed issue whose topic is mental health. My essay explores fictional depictions of madness in contemporary mainstream media, their worrisome undertones, and the challenges with working with the idea of madness.
August 17, 2016 I'm going to be appearing at Lit Live, an ongoing reading series in Hamilton on September 4th, to launch their 2016/2017 season. I am the sole fiction reader (along with poets such as Jacob Mooney & Joanne Arnott). It should be a great turnout and I hope to see you there.
June 8, 2016 The Society of Experience has been longlisted for the 2016 The Sunburst Awards, "for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic." I'm nominated alongside Margaret Atwood, Andrew Pyper, and André Alexis (among other great writers). The shortlist will be announced July 5th. Feels great to have the book on an awards list!
May 15, 2016 I have two new gigs lined up over the next few months: June 10th @ The Belljar (2072 Dundas St W, Toronto) I will be reading from The Society of Experience as part of a launch for indie musician Kyp Harness' debut novel, Wigford Rememberies. We will be joined by poet Mark Sampson, reading from his new collection, Weathervane. Details of the event can be found here. July 6th @ McNally Robinson Booksellers (1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, MB) I will be joining the ChiSeries once more, this time for my first reading outside of Ontario! Also reading that night will be David Neil Lee -- we will be joined in conversation by Chadwick Ginther and S.M. Beiko. Details can be found here.
April 25, 2016 Some more information on the Ad Astra convention: I will be appearing on Sunday the 1st of May at 2pm, on a panel called The Trials and Tribulations of Writing About Time Travel (along with fellow authors Kari Maaren and Kelly Robson). Don't forget Authors For Indies Day on Saturday, where I will be at Type Books from 12pm to 1pm. And then, I go to Ottawa the following week, to Patty Boland’s (101 Clarence Street) on May 3rd @ 7pm.
April 12, 2016 Late April/early May is going to be busy with appearances. First up, I will be participating in the 35th annual Ad Astra Convention (happening April 29-May 1 in Toronto) - I don't yet know which date my panel will be on, but I'll post here when I find out. Then, on April 30 I will be taking part in Authors For Indies Day, working the floor at Type Books during their 10th Anniversary (Queen West location) from 12pm to 1pm. Lastly, I will be reading in Ottawa on Tuesday May 3rd at Patty Boland’s (101 Clarence Street). Like I said: it's busy!
January 18, 2016 My novel, The Society of Experience is now availble in ebook (Kobo) format! See here for more.
November 19, 2015 I'm profiled in the December 2015 issue of Quill & Quire!
November 18th 2015 I will be taking part in the Pivot Reading Series, happening at The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. (Toronto), With Faith Arkorful, Maureen Hynes, and Karen Solie. No cover, but there is a PWYC charge. All writers will be presenting current works. For more information: Pivot Readings website
November 4, 2015 I was interviewed by All Lit Up about The Society of Experience (along with authors Andrew Battershill and Erna Buffie). Read the Q&A here.
October 26, 2015 I was recently assigned the task of answering the Proust Questionnaire for Open Book Toronto. While Proust himself did not conceive of this battery of eclectic, often personal questions, it carries his name. So, if you would like to know my favourite colour, what makes me miserable, and what my favourite virtue is, please have a look.
October 5th, 2015 There's a website for The Society of Experience! It includes a streaming music playlist featuring songs and artists featured in the novel, as well as a map showing the Toronto locations mentioned within. Find it here!
September 17, 2015 Whoa, Nelly! Harper's Bazaar picks The Society of Experience as #11 on their Top 15 must-reads of fall 2015, along with Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Isabel Allende, Patti Smith, and David Mitchell!
September 17, 2015 I was interviewed by Open Book, regarding my upcoming appearance at Word On The Street, in Toronto. I discuss the difference between Ontario and Toronto, as well as reflect on what makes both tick.
July 6, 2015: The Society of Experience is part of 49th Shelf's "Most Anticipated" fiction titles for fall 2015!
June 17, 2015: I'm thrilled to announce that I've been picked to read from The Society of Experience at this year's Word On The Street festival in Toronto. Details here. My WOTS author profile is here.
September 14, 2014: Snowshoe is published. (And I get my first blurb!)
July 2, 2014: My short story, Snowshoe, will be published online with Found Press in September.
Check back here for updates (and links).