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Marsha Lederman is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. She is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver.
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This is a gallery of work specially created for #ThinAir2022. Spend time with writers you love, and discover some new favourites! Ceci est une galerie de travaux spécialement créée pour #ThinAir2022. Passez du temps avec des écrivains que vous aimez et découvrez de nouveaux favoris!

Marsha Lederman is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author and the child of two Holocaust survivors. Her debut book, Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust, Once Removed, was published in May by McClelland & Stewart. She is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, where she writes about books and publishing as well as other areas of the arts, including visual art, theatre, film and music. Born and raised in Toronto, Marsha has lived in Vancouver since 2007. Prior to joining The Globe, Marsha worked at CBC Radio in Toronto in a number of positions, including National Arts Reporter. Before that, she worked in commercial radio in Ontario, as a reporter, news anchor and talk show host. She is a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) and York University.

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I was desperate for reading material as a kid, and read whatever I could find around the house. This had me, as an 11-year-old, reading books such as "Helter Skelter" and "In Cold Blood". I didn’t have to hide this from my parents, but maybe I should have!

It’s impossible to pick just one, but this line is an absolute standout. From Deborah Levy’s Things I Don’t Want to Know: A Living Autobiography (the first book of three):

“Now that we were mothers we were all shadows of our former selves, chased by the women we used to be before we had children.”

And this line from Edith Eva Eger’s book The Choice: "Embrace the Possible, has become an important piece of wisdom that I reach for frequently: “...suffering is universal. But victimhood is optional.”

I am a clean desk person who lives with a cluttered desk and it is killing me. My problem is living in a tiny house with too much stuff. I write best in hotel room-like situations: desk completely clear except for my laptop, pertinent notes or resource material, and a mug of hot coffee. One day I will be able to achieve this in my own home. I have not given up.

Do you have a few hours to read through my list? No? Okay, I’ll summarize with just a small sample of the kinds of things that keep me up at night: Did I misspell that person’s name wrong in that story I filed yesterday? Will I be able to make my mortgage payments this month? Is my kid going to find his way to happiness and fulfillment? Is that sound downstairs a break-in in progress, or is it the cat? Will I die alone? Death in general. The climate emergency. The polarized political landscape. The rise of racism, including anti-Semitism. That dumb thing I did 20 years ago that still fills me with instant shame.

Maybe it’s not exactly secret, and I’m not sure this counts as an ambition, but I dream of having a week away by myself, all alone, except for a pile of books. At the beach, the pool, in a forest, in a beautiful hotel room or quiet cabin. Just me, access to great food, good wine, and coffee. And those books. And all that time.

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