Bush, Kuitenbrower discuss writing craft Nov. 13

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

Mark your calendars for November 13 at 2 p.m. That’s when Kathryn Kuitenbrower will interview Catherine Bush about her new book, Blaze Island. The conversation will then branch out to a larger discussion of writing in relation to our new realities which include the climate crisis, ecological loss and figuring out a new relationship to the living world around us.

Catherine Bush and Kathryn Kuitenbrower are both writing on the climate crisis and the relationship between science and fiction writing, which is one of the topics they will discuss in their conversation. Catherine Bush is the author of five novels, including her most recent, Blaze Island (2020) and The Rules of Engagement (2000), a New York Times Notable Book and a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year. She has been shortlisted for the Trillium and City of Toronto Book Awards, was recently a Fiction Meets Science Fellow at the HWK in Germany and has spoken internationally about addressing the climate crisis in fiction. She is the Coordinator of the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA, lives part-time in an old schoolhouse near Stirling, Ontario and can be found online at www.catherinebush.com.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the author of the novels All The Broken Things, Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, as well as  the short story collection Way Up. Kathryn’s short fiction has been published in Granta Magazine, The Walrus and Storyville. She is the recipient of The Sidney Prize.  Kuitenbrouwer grew up on a rolling 50 acre farm in Ontario, where she had inordinate amounts of freedom and independence. The only danger was getting lost in the backwoods fairyland, falling asleep in the bed made by a clump of cedar trees, or getting caught by the boot in a frogpond. These were dangers she sought out daily. In some way, writing stories is a way back into these singular, unhinged experiences, because even in their strangeness, they felt both free and real. Kathryn now lives in an old stone farmhouse in the country north of Belleville. The deepest secret to writing, she believes, is to write what she sees, and smells, and hears, which is not always what is really there.

This conversation will be held via Zoom. If you have never used Zoom or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the library’s tech help team. They can walk you through the process and ensure you’re set up successfully. Call (613) 476-5962 or email techhelp@peclibrary.org. If you don’t have an internet connection or yours isn’t robust enough for online streaming, you can use a computer at the library – call your local branch to reserve a space. This event comes to us with help from library patron Elizabeth Etue who suggested these two writers to us. Our thanks to Elizabeth for her suggestion and for her help in organizing the event.

If there are other authors you would like to hear , please let us know. We welcome all suggestions. You can chat with library staff at any branch of the library, or email liz@peclibrary.org with your ideas.

-Liz Zylstra