Winnipeg launch of The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood (Goose Lane Editions).
For this original, often provocative book, Kerry Clare has assembled essays that face down motherhood from the other side of the picket fence by some of Canada’s finest young writers, including Winnipeg locals Ariel Gordon and Kerry Ryan. There are women who have had too many children or not enough. There are women for whom motherhood is a fork in the road. And there are those who have made the conscious choice not to have children and then find themselves defined by that decision.
The M Word: it means something to every woman. Exactly what it means is rarely simple.
Kerry Clare’s essays have appeared in a number of Canadian publications. Her essay Love is a Let-Down was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award and appeared in Best Canadian Essays 2011. She is an editor of the Canadian books website 49thShelf and writes about books on her blog, Pickle Me This.
Ariel Gordon’s first book of poetry, Hump, won the Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, and her second, Stowaways, is slated for publication in 2014. Most recently, she won Kalamalka Press' inaugural John Lent Poetry-Prose Award.
Kerry Ryan’s first full-length collection of poetry, The Sleeping Life, was short-listed for the Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her second book, Vs., a collection of poems about women’s boxing, was published by Anvil Press in 2010.
These three writers will be joined by local photographer, Lindsey Bond.