In Review: The Week of October 21st

October 26, 2019

This week we talked grief and writing, land and poetry, King of the Hill, punk music, and more.

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On the Blog


~ Alison Acheson shares about coping with her late husband's terminal ALS and writing grief in her memoir Dance Me to the End (Brindle & Glass Publishing):  "My laptop became my therapist, and my champion. [...] Moments of joy and humour and times of despair and frustration went into it."

~ Author of Set-Point (ARP Books) Fawn Parker talks about writing, why Luanne Platter is her fave fictional character, and what's next for her: "I learn things about myself in the process of creating work and I communicate intimate things to others when I show them my work. I write because I can’t imagine doing anything else."

~ Mixed/adopted Mi’kmaw and Newfoundland poet Douglas Walbourne-Gough talks with us about land and writing Crow Gulch (Goose Lane Editions): "I offer it not as an authority but to add a facet of context and humanity that was missing from the existing narrative and history."

~ Our #fridayreads debut pick Butterflies, Zebras, Moonbeams (Palimpsest Press) has all of the band relationship and creative process drama from Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do! but with the sex, drugs, rock and roll of Lizzy Goodman's Meet Me in the Bathroom



Around the Web


~ "Snooty" and 99 other words that turned 100 this year.

~ Is a pay-to-browse model on the horizon when showrooming continues to be an issue for bricks-and-mortar bookstores? (Apropos of this: a US bookseller wrote an open letter to Jeff Bezos asking to chill with unfair pricing practices)

~ This list of libraries shows some of the world's most beautiful spaces for book people.







ICYMI (last week)


On living and writing off the grid: Interview with Andrea Hejlskov


"Living closer to nature is a challenge because nature will strip you naked and force you to face yourself, which is something that is not easy nor pleasant. However, beauty does exist and another way of living does exist. It’s just not a commercial. Don’t believe the commercials."








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