The life of unremitting glamour, last week, included going to Nashville to help out at this launch event, which took place wildly against the odds...
Fabulous woman you are Margaret Atwood, a mountain of gratitude for launching this enormous prize to women writers and readers!
Thank you for this! I always check the Booker list when I'm looking for a book. And you've given me other prize lists to check, too. I am so glad there is a prize in honor of Carol Shields.
I'd also love to know what book won the Booker when Handmaid's Tale was nominated?
Canadianishly, eh? Thank you for providing me with that deliciously useful adverb, which I will start making use of forthwith.
Your humour is much appreciated after a weekend of solid work. Glad you are on Substack.
hey -- was at the Chan tonight -- wonderful event/show/happening! Many laughs, lots of empathetic murmurings ("yes, exactly - that happened to me, too"). Plenty of time for you to give answers and Ian was as great combo of following an actual plan of inquiry while being free-form, too. and if the writing gig doesn't work out, you can always make it in standup! (If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere....)
Here I am chuckling... yet again. Heehee.. "Long, long ago, when many of you did not yet exist....". Yup. " Fun to feel 2 1/2 again.." Yes! And nice to know Ann P is as nice as she comes across in her writing.
Ah, the unremitting glamour! What a joy it is for us readers to to experience it second-hand in the comfort of our homes, instead along the cheese-plate trail. All strength to you, Ms Atwood!
I can hear, so very clearly, your voice as I read any essay, speech or article of yours; wonderful. I cannot hear your voice in any of your novels and this is the true art as I do not hear the writer (as is unfortunately too often the case) but I hear the novel's narrator or characters voices; wonderful-ler!
P.S. I have not read any of these outings yet and I need of no excuse :)
P.P.S. I nearly read one of them as it had plenty of attention at Biblioasis around the corner from me but something or other something'd and alas and Selah.
Some of us think you have already done Glamour well. And you are so right about the value of the Prizes for writers, for book buyers and sellers.
So happy you got to say all that in Nashville, Tenn. Touché points and I laughed and laughed - dare I presume: with you of course.
Such an amazing and wonderful development on the literary landscape. Congrats to the winner, but also to the stalwart organizers who triumphed over such long odds.
Data Beetle, L of UG = Life of Unremitting Glamour. Carrie, this is what Google is for, but I can exclusively reveal that it was The Bone People.
Kudos to those who got this off the ground, including you.
OK, so I'm reading the winner - When We Were Sisters. It is unrelentingly bleak. It's good. And once upon a time, when the world was full of hope, I liked unrelentingly bleak. It was a change of pace. Now it's just... another step in the overwhelming bleakness. I'll finish it. But I'm taking a break to watch the news. Which is less bleak. Oddly.
I can hear your speech as I read it, haha I might try to find a video of it. It’s pretty funny.
I hope you make all the $$$ for Canadian writers and experience all the cheese boards.
Thank you for drawing attention to this prize and to Carol Shields again. Please keep writing these wry and insightful pieces!