"A girl was never ruined by books," my mother used to say. I've spent most of my life trying to prove that wrong.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Road through Time: Come Celebrate Its Release!

The box with the first copies of Road through Time arrived last week, and this morning I went looking for goodies to share with my friends who will be with us on Thursday when we do the official launch.

So I'm hoping there will be lots of people at the launch.  And for those who can't make it, I'll also be taking part in  a panel at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival on the following Thursday, April 27.  It's called Latin America Packaged in English, and I'll contribute some stories about my adventures in Peru and, particularly, Brazil. 

Then on Saturday, April 29, I'll be at Librairie Clio's Authors for Indies event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  It'll be a chance to talk informally about the book and about books in general. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Win a Copy of Road through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move

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Road Through Time by Mary Soderstrom

Road Through Time

by Mary Soderstrom

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hearts, Valentines and Maylis de Kerengal

It's been quite a while since I've posted here--many, many things going on, including much reading for my various projects.  But today is a quiet Sunday, so I want to catch up.  First up here's an appreciation of one of the best novels I've read in years.

The illustration is a Valentine  heart, made with a not-too-steady hand in Photoshop.  Nice to know that I don't do much cardiac surgery, right?

As it happens, though, I've been reading the wonderful novel by Maylis de Kerengal, variously called RĂ©parer les vivants (in French) or Mending the Living (translation by Jennifer Moore) or The Heart translation by Sam Taylor.  In it, a young man dies and his heart and other organs are donated to others.  Sounds gruesome, but it is exalting.  The French is poetic, evocative and engrossing, while the translations (why there are two, I haven't been able to determine, but both are quite good in their own way) carry the reader along through all the agony of the young man's family and medical professionals who will see that he lives on in others.

In France, organ donation is the default situation: a person must opt out, or it is assumed that he or she has agreed to have organs donated.  In North America, the reverse is the norm, so that unless one has specifically signed a statement approving donation, they won't be.  I'd always been a bit ambivalent about this, and while I've signed the statement on my driver's license agreeing to donation, I had no strong position.  After reading the novel, I'm far more positive.  Read it, and check out where you can sign up. In Canada: here.  In the US: here.