I actually didn’t receive any books in the mail this past week, but two books did come my way. First, I went thrift shopping with my friend Erika at a second-hand store that promotes literacy: when you buy anything at the store, you get a book of your choice for free. I was thrilled not only with my new-to-me boots but also with my nearly new copy of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.
I was also invited by local writer Marijke Vroomen-Durning to the launch of a book of essays, Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart: 28 True Stories of Love, Loss & Everything in Between, which was edited and published by Freelance Success, a “community of independent professional writers and editors based in all 50 states and about 15 foreign countries” (according to their website). Two Canadian writers have essays published in this collection, and both happen to be Montrealers: Marijke Vroomen-Durning and Wendy Helfenbaum.
Wendy (left) and Marijke (right)
At the launch, which was in a café, I ordered a ginger tea and started to read the book (Marijke had kindly provided me with a review copy). The first two essays, “Knitting Goodbye” by Sarah Zobel and “The Dresses” by Karen Hammond, had me in tears, so I decided that, to spare myself further embarrassment, I should read the rest of the book at home! (When I mentioned this to Marijke, she assured me that some of the essays are funny too!)
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