Posted by: bwoof | November 26, 2009

Margaret Atwood and the RBG

Tonight was a combo-sponsored literary event hosted by A Different Drummer and Bryan Prince Bookseller at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. And if that isn’t enough to catch your interest, then please note that  Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, rock stars in the world of printed words and real books,  were the featured authors.

Margaret read from her newest book Year of the Flood and tonight I learned that it’s going to have to be on my list of things to read. Margaret was bright, funny, witty, poetic, lyrical, and brilliantly creative, not only in her story lines but in her craft.

I learned a new word to add to the previously well-known ‘prequel’ and ‘sequel’ adjectives that generally describe novels that connect one to the other.  Margaret read from her ‘simulquel’, which essentially means it’s the equivalent of those chapters in Victorian novels where the author, after having written several chapters, comes to the point where a chapter just has to start with the word ‘meanwhile……’  Margaret described that her most recent tome is really just a big ‘meanwhile’ chapter, all of which eventually coincides with her previous knockout presentation titled Oryx and Crake.

Grateful for:

  • a wonderful grandma-sitter
  • getting a last minute ticket for tonight’s event

Curious about:

  • the Coppley suit sale which is apparently a hot ticket item amongst staff in my school district
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