Nicole's blog

Berton House Writers' Retreat

It's official: I'll be heading to Dawson City, Yukon, next January-March, to be the writer-in-resident at the Pierre Berton House. The promise of 3 months to write and only write would tempt any writer to the Yukon in January...right? For more info about the program, you can read the Writers' Trust's official press release.

The World at Six

After Alice Munro's Nobel win, CBC's The World at Six did a segment on Canadian short story writers and I was mentioned!

I finally got a hold of the clip. Enjoy!


Nine is my favourite number! Which is only one reason why I was so stoked when Steven Beattie wrote about my story, "Saudade," for his 31 Days of Stories series. 

All of Dixon’s writing contains a strong feminist streak, and here she has built into her story its very own version of the Bechdel Test. “Sabine didn’t act like women acted at parties,” Dixon writes, “didn’t hate Ingrid just because Ingrid had expressed an opinion which was outside of the things women were supposed to talk about.”

Going West

I've been invited to particiapte in this year's FICTIONista Tour. FICTIONistas is a "collaborative project among independent publishers to bring together Canadian women writers". Several readings are held across the country. I'll be heading to Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg where I will read from HWM. As well, I'll be hosting the tour stop in Montreal. More details re: dates, times and venues are below.



Monday, May 27th, 2013
Featuring authors Gillian Campbell, Stella Harvey, Nicole Dixon
Hosted by Dede Crane
Beehive Wool Shop
1700 Douglas St.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Featuring authors Cathy Ace, Stella Harvey, Gillian Campbell, Nicole Dixon
Hosted by Leanne Prain
People’s Co-op Bookstore
1391 Commercial Drive

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
featuring authors Ali Bryan, Nicole Dixon, Faith Johnston, and Theresa Shea
hosted by Jessica Kluthe
Audreys Books
10702 Jasper Ave NW

Friday, May 31th, 2013
featuring authors Lisa Bird-Wilson, Nicole Dixon, Dora Dueck, and Faith Johnston
hosted by Charlene Diehl
1120 Grant Ave

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
6:00pm – 9:00pm
featuring authors Christine Eddie, Cordelia Strube, Mary Hagey, and Stella Harvey
hosted by Nicole Dixon
3956 St Laurent Blvd

First Book Award

High-Water Mark has been shorlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award! Which means I'll not only be in Dartmouth for the awards ceremony May 16, but will be reading May 15 in Halifax at the Keshan Goodman Library with other Atlantic Book Award nominees. Yay! Two book tours in one month!

Update: I'll be a part of a seasoned/new fiction-writers' panel on Wed., May 15, 7 p.m. at Keshen Goodman Library. 

High-Water Mark is sexy

So says The 49th Shelf, who've "put together this list of Canada's sexiest books with input from some of the nation's best readers".

The stories in Dixon's collection are incredibly diverse, but sex is what most of them have in common. Everybody's doing it (well, except the married people), and they're having revenge sex, gay sex, threesomes and more. Even in Sarnia, shockingly.

Some lovely company, including Douglas Glover's amazing Elle.

HWM Wins ForeWord Firsts Debut Fiction Award

Hooray! High-Water Mark is the Autumn 2012 winner of ForeWord Firsts Debut Fiction Award. ForeWord is a trade magazine that reviews and showcases independent publications. You can read an interview with me here and the (great) review of the book here. An excerpt from the review:

In this fine collection of stories, characters often stumble upon what they’re actually looking for amid the flotsam and jetsam left by the receding dreams and washed-up hopes of not only their own lives, but all those around them ... One of the pleasures of this first collection is the writing itself. People and landscape are made vivid, whether it’s a woman’s face described as "ruddy and slightly lined, like a February apple" or the end of a path opening "like the jaw of a beast, all waves and sky and rowdy wind."

One thing that's so cool about this review is how often they quote the book to illustrate points. Awww, shucks.

HWM Reviewed in the Toronto Star

In her short story collection, High-Water Mark, East Coast writer Nicole Dixon reflects an understanding of the human condition — especially how ridiculous we can be when confronted with the crazy dramas of our lives.

You can read the rest of the review here.

Fantastic HWM Review in National Post

High-Water Mark was reviewed by one of Canada's best CanLit critics, Steven W. Beattie, so I'm not only super excited by the review itself, but by the fact that it's a real review; i.e., it's critcal, and, well, smart.

Dixon is uninterested in the kind of lyrical historical romance that was, for some time, the default CanLit setting. Her stories are abrasive and direct, marrying a fierce intelligence with a febrile style that refuses to shy away from profanity or explicit sex. There is a toughness to these stories that testifies to a refreshing honesty, a refusal on Dixon’s part to paper over the more nettlesome aspects of her material, opting rather to face it head-on in all its painful messiness. High-Water Mark is kitchen-sink realism filtered through a storm-tossed East Coast sensibility. And it is chock full of allusiveness and implication.

Read the rest of the review here.

Open Book Ontario: At the Desk

Open Book Ontario asked me to write an At the Desk feature. I chose to write about how the "Murder Room" in the Blue House became my office. You can read about that process, and see a few more photos, here.