Patricia Pearson
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Patricia Pearson is a novelist and journalist who has won three National Magazine Awards, a National Author’s Award, and the Arthur Ellis Award for best non-fiction crime book of 1998. Her five books have been published in several countries including Indonesia, and she regrets that she was never able to ascertain what the Indonesians thought of her writing. She keeps meaning to find this out, but then it slides down the typically crisis-driven To Do list of a working mother.

She was a 2003 finalist for the Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for her best-selling comic novel, Playing House, which was later adapted for television. This has little to do with the fact that Pearson’s serious commentary appears regularly on matters ranging from mental health to murder, in media ranging from the New York Times to NPR. Nor that she recently oversaw the research for a History Channel documentary on “The Science of the Soul,” and is currently working on screenplays.

Patricia Pearson apologizes for being eclectic.

A friend recently gave Patricia Pearson a fridge magnet that says “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize that I should have been more specific.”

Pearson’s writing has been anthologized in a confusing array of publications, from the Penguin Anthology of Canadian Humour, to the feminist essay collection Dropped Threads: Beyond the Small Circle, to the American textbook Failures of Criminal Investigation.

Camille Paglia once called her a “stupid bitch.” According to witnesses, Pearson was chewing gum and wearing a glamourous hat, which may inadvertently have come across as impudent.

Liam Neeson once bought Patricia Pearson a drink, to thank her for vacating the last available table in a bar.

Justin Trudeau talked to her at a party, but she was drunk and cannot remember what he said.

She met the Queen when she was little, because her grandfather was former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson (that’s him on the left with JFK). Her grandmother Maryon fondly quoted Dorothy Parker’s quip, “behind every successful man stands a surprised woman,” to which her granddaughter now adds: “behind every successful woman stands a man who is knee-deep in dishes.”

Patricia is represented by the Canadian Writers Group in Toronto, and by Sarah Lazin Books in New York.

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Blog Entries by Patricia Pearson

How I (Almost) Totally Blew My TEDTalk

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 5:23 PM

This blog is cross-posted at Hazlitt.

Some years ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon was invited to give a reading at an upstate New York college. When he arrived, he discovered that his host had scarpered off on an alcoholic bender and no one else had a...

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Science and Religion: Why You Don't Have to Choose

(114) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 1:00 AM

A friend's kid said to me the other day: "I'm a Darwinist."
"A what?" I asked, bemused.
"I don't believe in God," he explained, "I believe in Science."
All of eleven, he is, and ready to take on the world.

Okay, I thought, hold on...

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Cut The 1812 Commercials. Like, Seriously. Now.

(95) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 8:51 AM

Would the federal government please cut it out with their War of 1812 ads? One minute, I'll be watching some riveting event of sportsmanship at the Olympics, and then suddenly CTV cuts to commercial, and I'm treated to an array of cartoonishly noble characters attired in soldierly red coat and...

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My Holiday in a Nudist Camp

(9) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 2:04 PM

You know that dream you have where you're in a restaurant, or the office, and you suddenly realize that you don't have any pants on?

Well, that happened to me recently -- only it wasn't a dream. I was sitting in a cozy dining room at a private members' club...

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Harper Spin Put Under Third-Party Management

(19) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 12:05 PM

Wondering where all the money goes in Attawapiskat?

Given the Harper government's frequent pronouncements this week about how the Conservatives have "heavily invested" in this tiny, freezing James Bay community over several years in power, I'm sure some of you are feeling puzzled about the exotic third-world conditions.

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Attawapiskat's Abandonment Crisis

(47) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 5:25 PM

If you want to understand what's going on in Attawapiskat, you need to hop on a plane. There's pretty much no other way to grasp why one of Canada's First Nation fly-in communities would be receiving disaster relief from the Red Cross for simply attempting to exist as a town.

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