Old Friends

“The great books exist, not to hem us in, but to help us break our bonds.”

- Albert Guerar

The Garret is thick with the combined scents of cleaning powder and zucchini bread. It’s the last week of my sabbatical, so I’m cleaning and baking. By the time I post my next blog, I’ll have started back to work.

This is my favourite time of year, with the air crisp, leaves rimmed with gold, and a sense of starting something new. Last September was the start of my sabbatical and the launch of my website; the year before I was madly preparing for A Spider’s TaleThis year I’m busy with launch preparations and other book-related events*. I’ve also been busy playing my viola, reacquainting myself with some of the orchestral repertoire I love: Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Dvorak. Old friends.

And I’ve made a new friend in the world of literature, as I’m embarking on Russell Banks’ epic novel, Cloudsplitter. Banks was recommended by my writing teacher, Alistair MacLeod, who regards him as one of the greatest living writers. I’m so glad I lugged the book home from the library, all 758 pages of it; Banks’ writing is so beautiful, so majestic. With everything else that’s going on I might not finish reading it before Christmas, but I am going to enjoy making my way through this masterpiece of storytelling.

And it’ll be good to sit in an orchestra again, surrounded by its sounds and the people I’ve worked with for years. Old friends.

But first, a slice of warm zucchini bread.

*Coming events:

 An excerpt from Harbour View will be read by proxy on Thursday, September 17 at the Words Alive Open Mic Night in Newmarket, Ontario

- An excerpt from Harbour View will be read by proxy on Sunday, September 20, 3:00, at the Words Alive Literary Festival at the Sharon Temple in Sharon, Ontario

- I’ll be reading at Word on the Street, Halifax, on September 27 at 3:30 on the Flavours of the Maritimes Stage

- The Halifax launch for Harbour View will be on Monday, October 5, 7:30, Seasons Bistro/Atlantica Hotel

- The Toronto launch for Harbour View will be on Tuesday, October 20, 7:30, The Annex Live, Brunswick Ave

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