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

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Let's Do Lunch at the Atwater Library Thursday, Jan. 28

 Construction goes on despite Covid-19, concrete and cement continue to be made--with all that implies for global warming and quality of life.

I'll be talking about that and about my new book Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future at 12:30 p.m. EST Thursday, January 28, 2021.  It'll be one of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre's lunchtime series--by Zoom, of course.

If you'd like to join us, contact the library's tech wizard at ralph@atwaterlibrary.ca for the Zoom link.  You also can get a 15 per cent discount on the book by ordering through the University of Regina's website and using the code CONCRETE15.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

What to Do on a Dark Winter Day...


What to do these long, dark days when you may be in semi-lockdown: Elena Ferrante's top 40 novels by women (from The Guardian) I've read 13, how about you?

Elena Ferrante’s top 40 books by female authors

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fourth Estate)
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Virago)
  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar, translated by Anonymous (Europa Editions)
  • Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann, translated by Philip Boehm (Penguin Classics)
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin (Picador)
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk (Faber)
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (Harper Perennial)
  • A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa)
  • Disoriental by Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover (Europa Editions)
  • The Lover by Marguerite Duras, translated by Barbara Bray (Harper Perennial)
  • The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison Strayer (Fitzcarraldo)
  • Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by Jenny McPhee (Daunts)
  • The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer (Bloomsbury)
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Windmill Books)
  • Motherhood by Sheila Heti (Vintage)
  • The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek, translated by Joachim Neugroschel (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd (Picador)
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Flamingo)
  • The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing (Flamingo)
  • The Passion According to GH by Clarice Lispector, translated by Idra Novey (Penguin Classics)
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Fourth Estate)
  • Arturo’s Island by Elsa Morante, translated by Ann Goldstein (Pushkin)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (Vintage Classics)
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro (Vintage)
  • The Bell by Iris Murdoch (Vintage Classics)
  • Accabadora by Michela Murgia, translated by Silvester Mazzarella (MacLehose Press)
  • Le Bal by Irene Nemirovsky, translated by Sandra Smith (Vintage)
  • Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates (Fourth Estate)
  • The Love Object: Selected Stories by Edna O’Brien (Faber)
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor (Faber)
  • Evening Descends Upon the Hills: Stories from Naples by Anna Maria Ortese, translated by Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee (Pushkin)
  • Gilead by Marylinne Robinson (Virago)
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber)
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Harper Perennial)
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Penguin)
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Door by Magda Szabò, translated by Len Rix (Vintage Classics)
  • Cassandra by Christa Wolf, translated by Jan van Heurck (Daunts)
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Picador)
  • Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar, translated by Grace Frick (Penguin Classics)

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Virtual Launch: BYOB, unfortunately

 Usually when I have a new book come out we have a little launch party at an independent book store.  Last year just about now we were preparing for one for Frenenemy Nations: Love and Hate between Neighbo(u)ring States at Librairie Drawn and Quarterly.  We shared some good things to eat and drink, and I got a chance to hold forth in front of about 40 friends.   (That's what it looked like then.)

This time things are different, Covid-19 oblige.  There will no way of getting together in person to celebrate and talk about Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future, so we've organized a virtual launch through the resources of the publisher, the University of Regina Press.  There's a little video about the book to show and I'll, of course, hold forth.  Would be great fun to have you join us, even if any toasts we might make will have to be provided by you or done in your imagination..  Here's the link to the reservation: it's free, but we need to know how many folks to expect.  bit.ly/marysoderstrom