Monthly Archives: November 2006

Just Want to Nest

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when it rains I don’t want to do anything but stay inside… But I have to go out to dinner tonight. I know lots of fellow Vancouverites are into puddle-jumping and so I ask: “What’s wrong with me?”

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CBC CHILDREN’S BOOK PANEL – Children’s Picture Books

Ken Setterington’s Picks

1. “Alphabetter”, Dan Bar-el/Graham Ross, Orca
2. “Jousting with Jesters”, Martin Springett, Orca
3. “Snow”, Joan Clark/Kady MacDonald Denton, Groundwood
4. “Jurassic Poop”, Jacob Berkowitz/Steve Mack, Kids Can Press
5. “Listen Said the Donkey”, Jean Little/Werner Zimmerman, North Winds Press
6. “Fox Walked Alone”, Barbara Reid, North Winds Press
7. “Mommy?”, Maurice Sendak, Scholastic

Michele Landsberg’s Picks

1. “When Owen’s Mom Breathed Fire”, Pija Linderbaum, R&S Books
2. “So Sleepy Story”, Uri Shulevitz, Farrar Straus Giroux
3. “Ancient Thunder”, Leo Yerxa, Groundwood
4. “Flotsam”, David Wiesner, Clarion Books
5. “Blue 2”, David A. Carter, Little Simon
6. “Walter Was Worried”, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Roaring Brook Press

Phyllis Simon’s Picks

1. “Pirate Bob” by Kathryn Lasky, Charlesbridge
2. “While You Are Sleeping”, by Alexis Deacon, Hutchinson
3. “The Scallywags”, by David Melling, Barron’s
4. “The Fairy Doll”, Rumer Godden, Macmillan (2006 edition)
5. “The Story of Holly & Ivy”, Rumer Godden, Viking (2006 edition)
6. “Lucy Willow”, by Sally Gardner, Orion

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The Perfect Circle

By Pascale Quiviger, translated by sheila fischman. A GG book, beautiful words, but often difficult to follow the narrative. I’m only a quarter the way through, and it’s a slow read for me. I’m reading two other books at the same time — fluff mystery stories, but always come back to this one for the prose.

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The Inheritance of Loss

I am almost halfway through Kiran Desai’s novel, The Inheritance of Loss, and from the first page I was hooked. Kiran tackles a difficult subject with humour and compassion and I often find myself laughing out loud over a single sentance. This book won the Man Booker Prize for 2006 and with reason. A great read.

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International Festival of Authors (Toronto)

This year I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the IFOA which was held in October in Toronto, Ontario. I’d been touring Vancouver Island the week before I flew out to Toronto, so I arrived tired and not sure what to expect. I know I didn’t expect the five-star treatment that we all received, nor did I expect that I would meet so many interesting and like-minded writers from every corner of the globe. Festivals are a great place for those of us who spend most of our time alone with our computers, to re-learn the fine art of conversation and to discuss ideas, exchange information or just simply relax over scrumptious dinners and a glasses of wine. My book, The Freedom of Jenny was very well received and the enthusiasm of the people I read to while at the Festival stays with me while I work on my next book.

So after all of those long-late nights and thought-filled days, I’m back home and looking forward to watching Justin and the Giller Prizes tonight on TV, curled up on the couch with Kitty, my cat.

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Body Works 3

On Sunday my son and I went to Telus World of Science to see Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds exhibit. It was exensive, $56 for the two of us, but that included an eye-opener of an omnimax film called The Human Body which complimented the exhibit greatly. All told, we spent four hours at Telus World of Science on what was one of the wettest afternoons in Vancouver’s damp history.

Both of us enjoyed ourselves and the plastinated bodies were more awe-inspiring than creepy, although the diseased organs were a little off-putting. I don’t understand why so many people have decided this show to be unethical, unsuitable, blah, blah, blah… In the end it makes you think and ask questions and therein lies its value. Go see it for yourself.

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