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April 19, 2008

The April 19th In-Progress Shelf
Posted by Heather Burt


If I were an efficient person, what I’d be doing on this Saturday morning is packing for my trip to the Kootenays (about which I’m VERY excited), or practicing my tour presentations, or even figuring out what to wear to the Soirée tonight. Instead, I’ve been browsing the Guardian’s feature on writers’ rooms — kind of addictive, if you’re into that sort of thing — and experimenting with photos of my own writing space. If my Flickr capabilities are up to snuff, what you see in the attached photo (in addition to my bicycle-cog clock and my grandmother’s 1915 music diploma) is the little shelf in which I keep books that are in some way “active” in my writing/reading life. In here I’ve got books I’m currently reading, books I plan to read very soon, books I’ve recently finished but haven’t yet transferred to the regular shelves (because doing so always involves a certain amount of shuffling and — eww — dusting), books that are somehow connected to my current writing project (the still embryonic second novel), as well as one or two books that have no particular reason for being there other than that’s just where they got put. The presence on this shelf of my fellow Ethel Wilson nominees has certainly brightened up not only the shelf itself but also my recent reading life ... and I’ll soon have to make room for the works of my Kootenay tour-mates, which I plan to acquire at the Soirée tonight. It’s an honour and a pleasure to be in such impressive company!

Hope to see you tonight or on tour next week ...

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