Friday • August 16 • 1:00 pm
Susan Musgrave stepped off the ladder of convention before she had cleared the first rung. Some two dozen books later the unroundable square peg continues to break her own trail her own way. She is a gifted poet with 15 published collections, the most recent being Origami Dove and What the Small Day Cannot Hold: Collected poems 1970-1985. She has also written non-fiction and books for children. You're in Canada Now is a collection of essays, essentially about the often stranger-than-fiction life of Susan Musgrave. It follows Musgrave Landing: Musings on the Writing Life. In late 2012 she released Kiss Tickle Cuddle Hug, a highly recommended board book for babies and toddlers. Given, the latest of her four darkly humorous novels, brings back the characters from her previous novel, Cargo of Orchids. Musgrave is daringly inventive with plot lines, characters and style in all her novels. Her work consistently challenges the constraints of traditional literature and reinforces the astonishing vision of a consistently label-resistant writer. She lives in Haida Gwaii.