Author Archives: Annette

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a brilliant, funny, tragic story about a couple of dying teenagers with cancer.  What? you’re probably thinking.  I wouldn’t go near that kind of book with a ten foot pole.  Who wants to be depressed?  Who wants to think about cancer?  Cancer is all around you…Continue Reading

The War on Wolves

The War on Wolves

The War on Wolves This winter, my husband, Michael Sather, and I saw three wolves cross the frozen lake in front of our cabin in the Cariboo.  It was one of those special moments when time stands still, when you are grateful to witness something rare and beautiful.  At the same time, the BC government…Continue Reading

Review of David Guterson’s Ed King

Review of David Guterson’s Ed King

Ed King by David Guterson is a deliciously clever and brilliant page-turner that impressed me with its sheer audaciousness.  Guterson is a superb storyteller who will hook you almost from the start and deliver surprise after surprise as his characters head for disaster.   As much as I enjoyed Guterson’s quiet and lovely first novel ‘Snow…Continue Reading

Review of Alix Ohlin’s Signs and Wonders

Review of Alix Ohlin’s Signs and Wonders

Signs and Wonders, Alix Ohlin’s collection of short stories, is a beautiful book.  Ohlin makes the art of writing short stories seem like a cakewalk.  Her writing appears effortless; her choice of wording so perfect that you think to yourself ‘of course that’s the only way it could be said.’ Many writers of short stories…Continue Reading

My Stand-up Desk

My Stand-up Desk

My Stand-up Desk Unless you’re like Hemingway who is reported to have stood up while typing his novels, the writer’s life could kill you.  Too many writers (me included) and social media types spend too many hours sitting in front of the computer. I enjoy physical exercise and it’s seldom I miss a day working…Continue Reading

Review of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Review of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle I can’t say enough about David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.  It is a strange and wonderful novel that hooks the reader in a myriad of ways.  The passages in which he describes nature are so lyrical and beautifully written, I stopped to reread them several times,…Continue Reading

TACA airlines refuses to compensate for lost luggage!

TACA airlines refuses to compensate for lost luggage!

Our luggage was lost on a recent vacation to Costa Rica.  If you think this is unusual, think again.  According to Barbara S. Peterson on the Conde Nast Traveler 26 million suitcases go missing on international flights and an amazing 1 million suitcases are never found.  In the U.S. more than188, 254 reports of missing…Continue Reading

Wilma Robinson, Bird Woman of the Pitt Polder

Wilma Robinson, Bird Woman of the Pitt Polder

My dear friend, Wilma Robinson, died on December 18, 2012.  She was 89. I admired Wilma as a woman, a pioneer of the Pitt Polder and a conservationist.  Wilma was the inspiration for Miracle at Willowcreek, my novel about a community that rallies to save the wetlands of the Pitt Polder in Pitt Meadows, British…Continue Reading

Amanda Todd: In Memoriam

Amanda Todd: In Memoriam To show her vulnerability, To open her heart, to say ‘I’m hurting,’ I need someone, Was an act of bravery. Most of us live our lives Hiding our hurts, fearful. We grow old and die, Allowing few people to know us. We pretend to be strong, But none of us is…Continue Reading

Sisterhood

Sisterhood For almost a decade, I’ve been writing about sisterhood in Circle of Cranes and though I hadn’t really thought of it until lately, I belong to a sisterhood in my personal life or to be more precise, I belong to several sisterhoods. Years ago, I organized the Birthday Club because I worried that one…Continue Reading