In forming a judgment, lay your hearts void of foretaken opinions;
else, whatsoever is done or said, will be measured by a wrong rule;
like them who have jaundice, to whom everything appears yellow.
- Sir Philip Sidney (1554 - 1586)
In this issue:
Alan Young, Alex Hall, Barbara Annis, Bonnie Buxton, Caitlin Sweet, Catherine Graham, Charlotte Grey, Christopher Ondaatje, D'Arcy Jenish, and David Sacks.
Perverts, Potheads, Serial Killers & Lawyers
A Lifetime Of Paddling Artic Rivers
Same Words, Different Language
A Mother Discovers The Terrible Cost Of Alcohol In Pregnancy
A Telling Of Stars
A Portrait In Letters 1800 - 2000
Hemingway In Africa
David Thompson & The Mapping Of The Canadian West
Unravelling The Mystery Of The Alphabet From A To Z
A Slight Delay
For those of you who have been wondering about the dearth of updates, here is the why - I have moved abroad for a year. This doesn't mean that ETW is finished, because I have content to last far longer than I will be away. I still have hundreds of interviews with writers from around the world which I will be bringing to you over the year. Not only that, but I will be adding a new facet to ETW within the next few months. Look forward to being able to download audio files of classic short stories by some of the great writers from around the world. Writers such as Anton Chekov, Guy De Maupassant, and O Henry. Just as the interviews on this site are all in the public domain, so are these classic stories, stories which deserve the chance to live and find a new audience.
The other day I travelled down to the Good Day Book Shop, which isn't too far from where I live. Being in a foreign country, and excommunicate from all that is Canadian and known to me, it was quite something to walk into a well stocked used book store specialising in English titles. Right away I wanted to see if I could find some familiar names, but unfortunately there did not seem to be so very much there from Canada. The owner remarked that he regreatted the dearth of titles from the True North, but there was not much that he could do. As for myself, knowning the richness of CanLit, I understood why those titles may not neccesarily be on the recycle shelf, but still, I needed something to read. To that end I have decided to delve into another story, or another world of story to be morte precise. Over the following months I look forward to educating myself on what I have read, and heard and seen.
All that said, I wanted to ask something outright. If there was a particular writer whose voice you would like to hear, please just contact me and let me know. James@engagingtheword.net is where you can reach me. Soon I hope to have this place overflowing with words both written and spoken, and I am always in the hunt for good advice.
One other thing I'd like to bring out is the need for help, or volunteers. It is my intention that ETW become something far greater than what I alone can make it. For those with an interest in literature or literary journalism, I'd like to hear from you. Just as community radio derives its vibrancy an resiliency from the power of community, so too can ETW.
- James O'Hearn