Katherine’s big news is the publication this summer of her second novel, Her Turn. HarperCollins is publishing it in the U.S. and Knopf in Canada. It’s a contemporary story set in Washington, D.C., about a newspaper editor whose life is up-ended when her ex-husband’s second wife submits an article to her.
Join us on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm and watch Katherine Ashenburg live at Prosserman JCC, as she shares her creative process and how she went about writing Her Turn. Moderated by Globe and Mail columnist, Elizabeth Renzetti.
Until last spring, I hadn’t been on a bicycle for 34 years. So, when my daughter invited me on a family biking trip in Denmark, I can’t say I leaped at the chance. I’m 74, my shoulder was broken in a fall last year and my idea of a great holiday involves art galleries and restaurants, not biking 30 kilometres a day through forests, beaches and fishing villages. On the other hand, what an unrivalled opportunity to spend a different kind of time with my grandchildren as well as with my own body.
Picture yourself finding a novel somewhere with its cover torn off and no identifying marks. It is slim, told in the present tense and in the first person, and beautifully written. The protagonist is solitary, with a longing for love that is rarely satisfied. At the same time, nature provides a powerful solace, as does the protagonist’s work, which is detailed, out of the mainstream, and intensely involving.
When my older daughter announced in the spring that I would be “doing English” remotely with my grandchildren every weekday, I thought she was joking. It wasn’t that I minimized her problem: schools had closed in the U.K. at the end of March, and she and her husband had to work from home in a London apartment they share with their three children.
Katherine’s big news is the publication in two countries of her second novel, Her Turn. HarperCollins is publishing it in the U.S. and Knopf in Canada, both on July 6, 2021. It is very different from Sofie & Cecilia — Her Turn is a contemporary story set in Washington, D.C. about a newspaper editor whose life is up-ended when her ex-husband’s second wife …
Let me put my cards on the table: The Leopard, by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, is one of my all-time favourite books. Years ago, I read The Last Leopard, David Gilmour’s biography of Lampedusa, and the details of his uneventful life remain vivid in my memory. Now comes Steven Price’s new novel, Lampedusa, shortlisted for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. As I began reading it, I realized chances were strong that I was either Price’s ideal reader or very much the opposite.
Katherine Ashenburg, 73, says her attention spans lasts about 10 years. She spent a decade as an academic, specializing in Dickens before becoming a CBC Radio producer for another decade, producing documentaries. After that, she was the Globe and Mail’s arts and books editor. Ashenburg has written five books including Going to Town, The Mourner’s Dance: What We Do When People Die and The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History, a history of personal hygiene.