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This is a gallery of work specially created for #ThinAir2023. Spend time with writers you love, and discover some new favourites! Ceci est une galerie de travaux spécialement créée pour #ThinAir2023. Passez du temps avec des écrivains que vous aimez et découvrez de nouveaux favoris!
Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction with eight works of non-fiction, three short story collections, six novels and one children’s book to her credit. Against the Seas: Saving Civilizations from Rising Waters (Dundurn Press, 2023) is her 18th book and is the logical follow-up to her last, Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future (University of Regina Press, 2020). At the moment she is working on a new short story cycle, and a novel, tentatively called The Last Bridge. In addition, she has another non-fiction project simmering, tentatively called Thanks to the Memories: How What We Remember Can Get Us through the Next 75 Years.
A native of the West Coast, she moved to Quebec decades ago and has long considered it home. Nevertheless, she has traveled widely, and those experiences enrich her work. So does a lifetime of reading everything she can get her hands on, and—most of all—being curious.
Interview / Entrevue
Never did that I can remember. My mother always said that "a girl was never ruined by a book." True, and the way she phrased it shows just what generation she was from. But I could and did read everything and anything.
Had to think about this one. Lines from books don't stick in my head the way lines from movies do. "Round up the usual suspects" and "We had Paris" from Casablanca are never far from the surface of my mind. But when it comes to books, I guess that closest to a favourite is end of Mollie Bloom's soliloquy in Ulysses: "Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes""
Cluttered but I know where everything is.
The future of this sorry-ass world. That's why I wrote Against the Seas: Saving Civilizations from Rising Waters, and why I'm working on a new project, tentatively called Thanks to the Memories: How Remembering Will Get Us through the Next 75 Years. Would hope that they might further the cause of undoing the mess we've made of the environment.
Winnipeg is located in Treaty One territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. THIN AIR, the annual celebration produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, strives to honour the First People’s rich tradition of sharing stories as the ground for building genuine community and restoring right relations.
Winnipeg est située sur le territoire du Traité n ° 1, sur les terres traditionnelles des peuples Anishinaabeg, Cris, Oji-Cri, Dakota et Dene, ainsi que sur la patrie de la Nation métisse. THIN AIR, la célébration annuelle produite par le Winnipeg International Writers Festival, s’efforce d’honorer la riche tradition de partage d’histoires des Premiers Peuples comme base pour bâtir une communauté authentique et rétablir de bonnes relations.