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Pickle Me This


DSC_0962For fifteen years, I have been blogging my life story, and for many years now, that story has been about books, writing, reading, my family, and curious adventures and diversions. My name is Kerry Clare, and I’m a reader, National Magazine Award-nominated writer, an editor, a writing instructor & a world famous would-be pickler.

I read and write in downtown Toronto, where I live with my husband, Stuart, and our daughters, Harriet and Iris. I have best part-time job in Canadian literature, editing the fantastic books website 49thShelf, and I also teach The Art of Blogging at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

My debut novel, Mitzi Bytes, “a grown-up Harriet the Spy for the digital age,” will be published by Harpercollins Canada in early 2017.

I’m editor of the essay anthology, The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood, which was published to rave reviews in 2014 by Goose Lane Editions. You can read those reviews and learn more about the book here. Scroll down for a list of my essay, reviews and short fiction publications. I am also author of the coffee table book, A History of Woods Canada, published by ECW Press in 2015. My essay “Love is a Let-Down” was awarded an honourable mention in the Personal Journalism category at the 2011 National Magazine Awards, and appears in the anthology Best Canadian Essays 2011. I graduated from the University of Toronto’s Creative Writing MA Program in 2007.

Literary Representation: Samantha Haywood, Transatlantic Literary Agency Inc.

Pickle Me This is part of McNally Robinson’s Affiliates Program.

Contact klclare AT gmail DOT com

My Work in the World Lately: 




Editor and contributor, The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood. Goose Lane Editions, April 2014.  In this original and sometimes provocative collection of essays, Saleema Nawaz, Alison Pick, Nancy Jo Cullen, Carrie Snyder, and others explore the boundaries of contemporary motherhood. There are the women who have had too many children or not enough. There are women for whom motherhood is a fork in the road, encountered with contradictory emotions. And there are those who have made the conscious choice not to have children and then find themselves defined by that decision. Here some of Canada’s best writers face down motherhood from the other side of the picket fence. Find out more about The M Word.



I have a small contribution in The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell, published by Constable and Robinson (Little Brown in Canada) in October 2014. “Every bookshop has a story… The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.”






“Love is a Let-Down” in Best Canadian Essays 2011. The third in a series that launched to excitement and acclaim in 2009, The Best Canadian Essays 2011 covers an impressive variety of topics. Edited by Christopher Doda and Ibi Kaslik.




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