I'm the author, most recently, of New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time.
My other books include Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now—As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It, Return to Akenfield and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, which began life as a column in the Guardian newspaper.
Since 2008 I’ve edited a magazine called Five Dials for Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books.
I grew up in a village called Lantzville, just outside Nanaimo, B.C. I moved to London in September, 2000. In the cold winter of 2014, I moved to New York.
I was interviewed by the Tyee about New Yorkers in March, 2021.
I was profiled by the National Post in July, 2012.
I was interviewed by The Rumpus in March, 2012.
The Toronto Star profiled me in March, 2012.
I was named one of 2011’s ‘people of the year’ by Time Out.
I was interviewed by 3am Magazine in November, 2011.
Interview magazine profiled me in 2008.
Footage from Book Slam, October, 2011.