Exciting news for my author, L! One of her earlier books, The Art of Salvage, has appeared on CBC’s Cross-Country Bookshelf along with nine other Saskatchewan titles. Readers can find ideas for their summer reading and vote for their favourite titles. You can too. In fact, you can vote once per region per day. Not that I would ever, ever want to influence which of the ten Saskatchewan titles you vote for.
I’m trying to be happy for L, because I can see she’s excited by this development. A few weeks ago I wrote a post here about jealousy—how I tend to get a bit grumpy when the characters from L’s other books siphon away her time and attention. I’m trying to rise above those feelings. I’m doing my best to be happy for Amber and Del, the two women whose story unfolds in the novel in question, and so I’ll repeat what Lisa Moore, author of February, had to say about The Art of Salvage:
Leona Theis writes with the bravest honesty imaginable about what it takes to be a mother or a daughter, how we fail and pull through. The Art of Salvage is full of naked longing and quick, piercing insight; it’s smart and fast and vivid. All the painful contractions and blood-pounding emotions at the heart of a family.
Just to illustrate that I’m capable of stepping aside, at least for a moment, I’ll tell you that I had already drafted three paragraphs about myself to post here this week, all about the creation story and how I came to be. You see, it all began … but I’ll save that for another day. Maybe someday, someone will step aside for my benefit, maybe that Mavis character who’s inside the stack of short stories on L’s dining room table. Maybe her.
Please have a look at the ten good titles to choose from. Vote if you’re so inclined. While you’re there, check out the lists for the other provinces and regions. Good summer reading.