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Literary butt-sniffing: A Series of Dogs makes the rounds


John Armstrong reads at the luanch of A Series of DogsJohn Arm­strong’s new mem­oir A Series of Dogs has been romp­ing around town mak­ing friends, chas­ing squir­rels, and piss­ing on upright objects like some kind of domes­ti­cat­ed urban mam­mal, maybe a cat or some­thing.

On Novem­ber 30, Arm­strong hopped on a bus from Chill­i­wack to Van­cou­ver and ham­mered out an enter­tain­ing email inter­view with Allan MacIn­nis, then sat down at a dog cafe for a thought­ful and hilar­i­ous inter­view with Lisa Chris­tiansen for CBC Radio One’s On the Coast, before final­ly head­ing down to Lanalou’s and, before a rous­ing per­for­mance by The Judys, read­ing from A Series of Dogs to a by-turns mirth­ful and lachry­mose crowd — though con­sid­er­ing it was the end of Vancouver’s tra­di­tion­al fall mon­soon sea­son, per­haps it was just rain­ing on their faces.

The emo­tion­al roller­coast­er of the book is summed up beau­ti­ful­ly by Hei­di Gre­co in her Van­cou­ver Sun review:

As with any love sto­ry, there’s a fair amount of heart­break. But don’t think for a minute that there aren’t plen­ty of good times. After all, this is John Arm­strong, a writer who’s pret­ty much guar­an­teed to make you laugh out loud.

Gre­co goes on to note Armstrong’s evi­dent lit­er­ary bona fides, and con­cludes that A Series of Dogs is “a mem­o­rable com­pendi­um of phi­los­o­phy, social com­men­tary, slob­bery kiss­es and love” — i.e., the per­fect gift. Ask for A Series of Dogs at book­stores every­where, or buy it online here.