“I’m an eater, novelist, mother, creative writing teacher, Broadway musical fan, and wife,” Kim Moritsugu declares on The Hungry Novelist, her blog about food and writing. “I think about, shop for, prepare, and consume delicious food when I should be writing fiction. I should always be writing fiction, though. Including right now.”
Fittingly, in Kim’s seventh novel, The Oakdale Dinner Club, the action revolves around food. When the husband of an affluent suburban mom cheats on her, she decides to have her own extramarital affair, using a neighbourhood dinner club as a cover. She earmarks three men as potential lovers, and invites them to join. And that’s when the fun begins.
One way or another, food turns up in all Kim’s novels: Looks Perfect (shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award); Old Flames, a literary mystery; The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award); The Restoration of Emily (serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers); the Rapid Reads short novel, And Everything Nice.
Kim lives in Toronto, where she leads walking tours of the North Rosedale neighbourhood for Heritage Toronto, and teaches creative writing at The Humber School for Writers. She participated in Kingston WritersFest 2010 as part of PQ’s People, the tribute to writer Paul Quarrington, who mentored Kim.