This. Swoon.

This. Swoon.

Blonde 22: Nancy Sinatra
My friend, John (pictured in blue shirt and opening book), generously offered me the above photo for my series on blondes. Circa 1996, Nancy was promoting Frank Sinatra: An American Legend, a book she had written on her dad. Shown here at Toronto’s Yorkville shop, The Book Cellar, John claims she casually whisked her hand back and forth across the non-bearded part of his face. He won’t go so far as to say she was flirting though.

Blonde 22: Nancy Sinatra

My friend, John (pictured in blue shirt and opening book), generously offered me the above photo for my series on blondes. Circa 1996, Nancy was promoting Frank Sinatra: An American Legend, a book she had written on her dad. Shown here at Toronto’s Yorkville shop, The Book Cellar, John claims she casually whisked her hand back and forth across the non-bearded part of his face. He won’t go so far as to say she was flirting though.

Blonde 21: Grace Kelly
“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints."  —Alfred Hitchcock 
(Thanks to both http://emk-irl.tumblr.com/ and Damian Rogers for the suggestion.)

Blonde 21: Grace Kelly

Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints." Alfred Hitchcock

(Thanks to both http://emk-irl.tumblr.com/ and Damian Rogers for the suggestion.)

Blonde 20: Sarah Jessica Parker

I really hope blondes aren’t reacting to my book like this.

Blonde 19: Kristen Bell
"My mom gave her highlights for free, streaking her hair…. But Larissa wouldn’t let Mom cut her hair. She was very particular about that.” —from The Blondes

Blonde 19: Kristen Bell

"My mom gave her highlights for free, streaking her hair…. But Larissa wouldn’t let Mom cut her hair. She was very particular about that.” —from The Blondes

Blonde 18: Jodie Foster
"Farther down the platform, although I can’t say for sure, I thought I heard the words cat fight. The people behind me were muttering, rationalizing.” —from The Blondes

Blonde 18: Jodie Foster

"Farther down the platform, although I can’t say for sure, I thought I heard the words cat fight. The people behind me were muttering, rationalizing.” —from The Blondes

Blonde 17: Etta James

I think the song complements the themes of my book. Tell Mama, indeed!

Blonde 16: Madonna
"When she saw me, she froze as if she’d been caught at something. She was tall and pink-skinned with a short tufted hairstyle the colour of vanilla ice cream—one of those girls who’d gone all the way with the retro fifties look… I was standing there when the girl suddenly reached out and punched the lid of the garbage can. It swung on its hinge, screeching. I backed away, grabbing for the door handle, but the girl pushed past me, mad-eyed." —from The Blondes

Blonde 16: Madonna

"When she saw me, she froze as if she’d been caught at something. She was tall and pink-skinned with a short tufted hairstyle the colour of vanilla ice cream—one of those girls who’d gone all the way with the retro fifties look… I was standing there when the girl suddenly reached out and punched the lid of the garbage can. It swung on its hinge, screeching. I backed away, grabbing for the door handle, but the girl pushed past me, mad-eyed." —from The Blondes

The Blondes, Canadian tour dates 
(image, Untitled Film Still #48, Cindy Sherman)
Sept. 29 & 30 at Kingston WritersFest, Kingston, Ontario
Oct. 19 & 20 at Vancouver International Writers Festival, Vancouver, BC
Humor with a Bite (with Anne Fleming), Beyond Survival (with Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand), Due South  (with Emily St. John Mandel)
Oct. 22-26 at International Festival of Authors, Toronto, On events TBA
Oct. 27 at Victoria Hall/Westmount Public Library, Montreal, Quebec (with Chris Cleave and CS Richardson)
OTHER EVENTS
Oct. 1 at The Bookshelf, Guelph, Ontario (with Linden MacIntyre, Shauna Singh Baldwin)
Oct. 3 at Furby House Books, Port Hope, Ontario (with Linden MacIntyre, Shauna Singh Baldwin)
Oct. 4 at Burlington Arts Centre, Burlington, Ontario (with Linden MacIntyre, Shauna Singh Baldwin)

The Blondes, Canadian tour dates

(image, Untitled Film Still #48, Cindy Sherman)

Sept. 29 & 30 at Kingston WritersFest, Kingston, Ontario

Oct. 19 & 20 at Vancouver International Writers Festival, Vancouver, BC

Humor with a Bite (with Anne Fleming), Beyond Survival (with Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand), Due South (with Emily St. John Mandel)

Oct. 22-26 at International Festival of Authors, Toronto, On events TBA

Oct. 27 at Victoria Hall/Westmount Public Library, Montreal, Quebec (with Chris Cleave and CS Richardson)

OTHER EVENTS

Oct. 1 at The Bookshelf, Guelph, Ontario (with Linden MacIntyre, Shauna Singh Baldwin)

Oct. 3 at Furby House Books, Port Hope, Ontario (with Linden MacIntyre, Shauna Singh Baldwin)

Oct. 4 at Burlington Arts Centre, Burlington, Ontario (with Linden MacIntyre, Shauna Singh Baldwin)

First Reviews of The Blondes 
I’m on the road this week but here are some quick links to the first reviews of The Blondes.
Carrie Snyder reviewed it for The Globe and Mail and wrote, “[The Blondes] weaves together elements of suspense and satire, with an academic overlay of critical cultural theory, but at its essence it is a fast-paced, unpretentious read. A wash-and-wear cut, if you will.”
Critic Kerry Clare reviewed the book on her site. She called The Blondes ”Powerful and solid, gripping and scary.” Now Magazine's Susan G. Cole gave The Blondes four N’s in her review which said “I like a writer with style…Emily Schultz has it big time.”
You can also hear my interview on CBC’s Sunday edition here.  

First Reviews of The Blondes

I’m on the road this week but here are some quick links to the first reviews of The Blondes.

Carrie Snyder reviewed it for The Globe and Mail and wrote, “[The Blondes] weaves together elements of suspense and satire, with an academic overlay of critical cultural theory, but at its essence it is a fast-paced, unpretentious read. A wash-and-wear cut, if you will.”

Critic Kerry Clare reviewed the book on her site. She called The Blondes Powerful and solid, gripping and scary.” Now Magazine's Susan G. Cole gave The Blondes four N’s in her review which said “I like a writer with style…Emily Schultz has it big time.”

You can also hear my interview on CBC’s Sunday edition here.