Win a Free Download of “These Memories Can’t Wait”

August 1st, 2013 → 1:01 pm @

Thanks to the fine folks at Fierce Ink Press, I’m giving away three copies of my Fierce Short. “These Memories Can’t Wait” is a memoir of sorts, about the music I loved and where it took me. From first crush to second-year university to burgeoning adulthood, it’s a look at the years when music meant […]


These Memories Can’t Wait: Growing Up With Music

June 12th, 2013 → 1:57 pm @

Music is an interior journey. It will deliver you beyond Mom. Beyond dinner and muddy sneakers and your-father-will-be-home-any-minute to a place where authority is deflected with a knowing smirk and a toss of blond curls. You will live in a different world, the one you hear when the records play. You can’t explain how or […]


Hockey Readers Awake! Free Yourselves from the Tyranny of Books About the NHL!

November 23rd, 2012 → 4:43 pm @

Hockey fans are great readers, but I don’t imagine many of them are lovers of literary fiction. The kind of folks reading a book called Heaven and Hell in the NHL probably aren’t the same people who get breathless at the sight of a new Alice Munro collection or Haruki Murakami doorstopper. So it’s no […]


How to Help a Book You Love: A Practical Guide

March 6th, 2012 → 1:03 am @

Dear Reader, Say you’ve read You Could Believe in Nothing. Say you’ve liked it. Or even, like this reviewer, say you’ve loved it. You think others should read it too. If this is you, there is much you can do to help. Small things. Practical things. Things that could make a huge difference in the […]

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From the Toronto Review of Books: “A Great Hockey Novel”

February 2nd, 2012 → 11:28 pm @

In a recent edition, the Toronto Review of Books serves up a terrific review of You Could Believe in Nothing, courtesy of Jason Blake: A tough part of any hockey novel is capturing the game’s attraction without sounding like a beer commercial or a politician in trouble, and in this regard Fitzpatrick shines. He uses […]


Doing the Book-Signing Thing at Chapters and Coles: Saturday, November 12

November 7th, 2011 → 3:00 pm @

If you frequent the bookstores, you’ll know him. He’s the guy sitting at the table with a stack of books and a pen at the ready. He tries to look busy and keep himself occupied while waiting and hoping that someone might stop by, chat him up, and hopefully ask for a signed copy. This […]


Tender Testicles, Embarrassing Dads, Didactic Scholars, and More!

November 3rd, 2011 → 6:18 pm @

After appearing in the October edition of the print magazine, the Quill and Quire review of You Could Believe in Nothing is now available online. Among other qualities, reviewer Stephen Knight credits the “bang-on, laugh out loud renditions of the bellicose Don Cherry, didactic women’s studies scholars, and grandiose politicians.” Read more…


You Could Believe… A Media Round-Up

October 7th, 2011 → 11:31 pm @

As you can see, this week’s launch party for You Could Believe in Nothing was s smashing success, more than worthy of a Tuesday night in downtown St. John’s. Many thanks to the Ship Pub, my pals at Vagrant Press, and all who came out in support. Further photo evidence here and here. Yak with […]


Does the World Need More Hockey Novels?

September 23rd, 2011 → 1:50 pm @

You Could Believe in Nothing is the starting point for this column by Megan Power in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, looking at why “hockey and literature make strange bedfellows.” Megan picks the brain of Paul Martin of the University of Vermont, who teaches a course in the subject and clearly knows his way around hockey books. […]


Reeder’s Review and What I Learned

September 20th, 2011 → 12:05 am @

Another generous review, this time from Lindsey Reeder at her Reeder Reads blog: “You Could Believe in Nothing” really focuses on Derek trying to piece together who his parents actually are, which in turn, causes him to have to reflect on the person he’s become over the years. Even I didn’t see it that way […]