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Lynda Monahan -- Book Launch

Tuesday May 12 2015 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove Event type: reading, signing

Launching verge (Guernica Editions) and joined by dee Hobsbawn-Smith, author of What Can’t Be Undone (Thistledown Press)

verge begins with a small fox waiting at the river's edge, symbolizing a woman at a turning point in her life. The fox lopes through the poems, at first looking back on the “cold yesterday” of childhood, then travelling with the poet as she moves through various changes and losses in her life. The river holds the past and, in the end, the small fox and the woman find their way across, coming to a place of acceptance and peace.

Lynda Monahan’s poetic world is one in which the natural world and the inner world of the narrator both verge and then merge in metaphor. The poems probe and explore both worlds, often with surprising and luminous results.—Glen Sorestad

A resident of Prince Albert, Lynda Monahan is the author of two collections of poetry, a slow dance in the flames and what my body knows. She facilitates a number of creative writing workshops and has been writer-in-residence at St. Peter’s College facilitated retreat and at Balfour Collegiate in Regina. She is writer-in-residence at the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert.

In her first collection of short fiction, dee Hobsbawn-Smith creates protagonists struggling to navigate the domestic troubles common to life everywhere, including children attempting to make their parents proud, the disintegrating of romantic relationships, and dealing with death and loss. What Can’t Be Undone is a collection anchored in the Western Canadian landscape, travelling with its protagonists across rolling prairies, unforgiving mountain ranges, and along coastal highways.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith grew up in a gypsy Air Force family. Her award-winning poetry, essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in The Malahat Review, Gastronomica, and Western Living. Her first book of poetry, Wildness Rushing In (Hagios Press) was published in 2014.

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Verge

- by Lynda Monahan

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Verge begins with a small fox waiting at the river?s edge. She symbolizes a woman at a turning point in her life. She is on the verge of some understanding, some thing she is meant to know. The fox lopes through the manuscript of poems at first looking back on the ?cold yesterday? of childhood, then traveling with her as she moves through various changes and losses in her life and the lessons she learns along the way. The river holds the past and, in the end, the small fox and the woman find their way across, and come to a place of acceptance and peace.

What Can't Be Undone

- by Dee Hobsbawn-smith

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In her first collection of short fiction dee Hobsbawn-Smith creates protagonists struggling to navigate the domestic troubles common to life everywhere, including children attempting to make their parents proud, the disintegrating of romantic relationships, and dealing with death and loss. Her stories are rife with the disasters of homelessness, domestic violence, and child abuse, as she exposes the difficulties that arise in relationships between brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and parents and children. Hobsbawn-Smith's keen observation and the unflinching eye which she directs towards her characters' flaws bring the land and its inhabitants into painful focus as they grapple with loss. What Can't Be Undone is a collection anchored in the Western Canadian landscape, and the natural imagery which has become synonymous to the area reigns supreme. These stories are strongly informed by local colour. Horses' hooves echo from coulee walls, blue jays, crows, and eagles announce the seasons, and coyotes wail from distant valleys as Hobsbawn-Smith travels with her protagonists across rolling prairies, unforgiving mountain ranges, and along coastal highways.