Robert Paul Weston

The “Essence” of Reading

Earlier this month, I took a slightly sudden, whirlwind trip to Canada. It was fortuitous, exciting, inspiring, bittersweet—all the things a voyage across the sea ought to be. Here’s why: 1….

Spock, Science Fiction, and Me

The death of Leonard Nimoy was sad news. There are very few actors who spend their entire careers so closely associated with a single character—and Spock was a great one. I…

Reasons to Visit Nagasaki

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy with new writing projects, editing work, travelling, moving to a new neighbourhood (south of the river, baby!),…

Enchantium Gas is Real (Tell Me Something I Don’t Know)

This morning I read an article about a “quiet revolution” in theoretical physics. According to Max Tegmark, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, consciousness may in fact be an…

Happy World Read Aloud Day!

The first Wednesday of March is World Read Aloud Day (not to be confused with World Book Day on the 6th of March, which I assure you is every bit…

This Book Trailer has Lemmings. Lemmings!

Okay. So, yes. Technically, I’m a bit late with this. Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff was published waaaay back in February and it’s now December….

The Creature Department Emerges from its Secret Lair

  At long last, it’s finally here. Ladies and gentlemen and children (of all ages), may I proudly present, THE CREATURE DEPARTMENT. Right now, the book is anxiously…

How to Read in Two Languages at Once

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Harbourfront Literature Festival in Hamburg, Germany (i.e. not in  Toronto, which has a Harbourfront Book Fest of its own)….

Gügor Speaks!

At the end of May, at Book Expo America 2013, people stopping into the Penguin booth had the opportunity to speak to one of the characters from my…

Poetry, Neil Gaiman and Cowboys

Last month (April 2013), I headed off to the Texas Library Conference, held in Fort Worth, just outside Dallas. I was a guest on a few panels, speaking…