Saturday, July 12, 2008

Rushing River - a gentle place


Spent some days recharging in the great outdoors at one of our favorite camping spots - Rushing River. We cooked over a fire, canoed amongst the islands of Dogtooth Lake and slept in a tent that managed to keep us dry during a downpour. Thunder storms sound more ferocious at night when there's only nylon between you and all that electricity.

I also swung gently on a hammock as I entered the dark, disturbing world of Elizabeth C. Bunce's novel, "A Curse Dark as Gold." It's a retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin story. I loved everything about this book. I loved the cover, the pacing, the way I had to just keep reading. I also loved the names of characters and places. It was simply a totally awesome book. The author is a member of the Class of 2k8 - a class where I was once (sniff, sniff) a student. The whole class is doing extremely well.

As their year unfolds, their energy seems to be gaining momentum with all the positive feedback each debut novel is receiving. And there's more to come - the year's only just half over. The Class of 2k8 - New Books, New Voices! I feel honored just to have once hung out with those talented and passionate debut novelists.

On to another book, another hour in the arms of some strong, leafy trees, another chance to swing gently on a hammock. This is work. After all, every writer must be a reader.

3 comments:

Barrie said...

Hey, I'm just getting to start this book!

Gabe, are you interested in posting a My Town Monday post tomorrow? About Winnipeg or even the Ukraine? Travis Erwin, who normally runs MTM is out of town and I'm stepping in just for tomorrow. Check out a few of MTM posts on my blog and here's his url http://traviserwin.blogspot.com/. Let me know if you do a post and I'll link to you. ;)

gabe said...

Well,we've just had the fabulous Winnipeg Folk Festival - and this is the first time in 20 years(!) that I didn't go .... so I could blog about not being there ...

Mary said...

Your trip sounds gorgeous!

I haven’t slept under canvas for years. But my new apartment has skylights, and it's great to hear the pouring rain. :)