Now for something a little different. I’m going to plug a book that I haven’t read yet because I happen to know two of its talented contributors and I’m going to get my copy of it as soon as possible.
This is a note from my best friend Jennifer Amy’s cousin, the award-winning Globe & Mail journalist, Stephanie Nolen:
“…I’m briefly on my support-for-a-good-cause soapbox. I was honoured to be asked to contribute a chapter to a new anthology, published this week, called
There are chapters by writers including Alice Munro, Elizabeth Hay, Rawi Hage, Elizabeth Hay, Guy Gavriel Kay, Joseph Boyden and Michael Winter.
(This is where we all hum, ‘One of these things is not like the other …’)
I wrote about women and sexual violence in Congo. I haven’t seen the rest of the book yet, but I gather most of the rest of it is a bit more cheerful.
All the writers donated our work, and McLelland and Stewart [sic] has published it free, so all proceeds go to PEN and the great work they do for writers in exile and in prison.
You can order it here http://www.amazon.ca/Finding-Words-Inspiration-Celebrity-Breaking/dp/0771013698
or, better yet, go to your local independent bookstore and pick up a copy. And if you like the book, or just the idea, please feel free to forward this.”
I would just like to add that my neighbour, critically acclaimed author Steven Heighton has also contributed to Finding The Words (Edited by Jared Bland) so I’m doubly interested in this book as I know two of its contributors.
Celebrated writers reveal surprising truths about the joys, challenges, and importance of finding the words, in this special fundraising anthology for PEN Canada.
In Finding the Words, thirty-one well-known writers share deeply personal discoveries and stories that will surprise, delight, and stir the mind and heart. By turns inspiring, provocative, witty, and compelling, these diverse and original pieces explore home, exile, and the search for a place to belong; community, creativity, celebrity, and the many forms power can take.
Among the pieces in the anthology: Diana Athill and Alice Munro discuss the consequences of writing about other people; Gord Downie meditates on what it means to be a songwriter by considering one of his own songwriting heroes; Guy Gavriel Kay reflects on how his relationship with his own readers continues to change; Elizabeth Hay searches for inspiration in the fallow period between books; Rawi Hage meditates on writing rooted in the universal experience of exile; Pasha Malla and Moez Surani present a funny and confounding list of “rules for writers” solicited from non-writers; Heather O’Neill tells the story of an illiterate and underage wannabe gangster in mid-century Montreal; Michael Winter pieces together court transcripts, newspaper accounts, and other primary sources to take us into the dark heart of a real-life Newfoundland crime story.
Proceeds from this volume will go to PEN Canada in support of its vital work in defence of freedom of expression and on behalf of writers around the world who have been silenced.
Finding the Words Contributors List:
Alain de Botton
Stacey May Fowles
Guy Gavriel Kay
Martha Kuwee Kumsa
With cover design and illustration by Seth