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Writing About Love

Writing About Love

It wasn’t until I started writing fiction that I became aware of the widespread tendency to view men’s writing about love, family and relationships as a meaningful reflection on the human condition and women’s as frivolous and inconsequential. Increasingly there is a will to challenge and redress this prejudice and its consequences and that is […]

May 22, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Let’s Talk About Cats and Dogs

Let’s Talk About Cats and Dogs

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty; human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”  Ernest Hemingway My debut novel The Astonishing Thing is about a woman with mental illness, seen through the eyes of her cat. It was refreshing to look at the world from a cat’s […]

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Place Settings

Place Settings

I’ve often said that I could live in an airlock in outer space for the rest of my life and never miss fresh air. Fresh baked bread, I’d miss. But sunshine, a cool breeze, and the way the moonlight dances across the surface of the ocean? Meh. Suffice it to say, I am not what […]

May 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Insults, Ordinary objects, and Empathy: A Doctor Discusses Empathy Through Writing

Insults, Ordinary objects, and Empathy: A Doctor Discusses Empathy Through Writing

My first meeting with Neslihan Senoçak, an expert on medieval Italy, didn’t start well. I was in the early stages of writing my first novel, The Scribe of Siena, and I’d managed to get Nesli to meet with me.  But she looked suspicious. After several minutes of introductory niceties, I realized why. She expected the […]

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Catharsis

Catharsis

Over the years, my reading tastes have run the gamut from bodice rippers to serious literary works. I’ve devoured spy novels and biographies alike; lapped up women’s fiction and mysteries of all kinds. As a rule, if a story can elicit strong emotion, I’m all over it. Although lately, all I want to do is […]

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing Menopause

Writing Menopause

Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction is a diverse and robust collection about menopause: a highly charged and often undervalued transformation.  It includes over fifty works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews and cross-genre pieces from contributors across Canada and the United States that break new ground in portraying menopause. The […]

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Patient H69: The Story of my Second Sight

Patient H69: The Story of my Second Sight

I am methodically gathering visual information from those around me – building a mental picture of what I look like. I’m told my pupils are hugely and disturbingly dilated, the blue irises overtaken by black, unseeing orbs. I imagine that I resemble an owl, or with my increasingly unkempt hair, a zombie from a bad […]

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Memoir I Did Not Plan to Write

The Memoir I Did Not Plan to Write

The best memoirs read like novels with their shaped plots and fully developed characters, yet the experience of reading a memoir can have a compelling power that fiction does not always match. The knowledge that the story we are reading is true and the immediacy of the author’s voice bring us into direct relation to […]

May 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Invisible Women In The History Of Literature

Invisible Women In The History Of Literature

As a child, I loved to write secrets in invisible ink. When I wrote words with orange juice, they could be read only in the heat of a candle flame. And that is how it felt when looking for women writers to balance the record during my research for A Biography of Story, A Brief […]

May 5, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
Interview with Smadar Herzfeld and Translator Aloma Halter

Interview with Smadar Herzfeld and Translator Aloma Halter

Smadar’s Herzfeld’s novel Trail of Miracles, translated by Aloma Halter, follows Gittel, a Ukrainian, Hasidic, Jewish woman as she makes a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage and discovers the unique gifts she brings to the world.  The lyric beauty of Gittel’s voice will mesmerize readers into following her on her Trail of Miracles. Smadar, I am curious about […]

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