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Stories about Storytellers by Douglas Gibson
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Mar 07, 12

I've been reading Douglas Gibson's anecdotes and background information on the Canadian writers whom he came to know as their editor. When I came to Canada years ago, I was surprised and impressed at the quality of the Canadian writers. Gibson isn't so much surprised at the superlative quality of these writers, but he obviously remains impressed. Although he doesn't brag (he has Alice Munro's admonitions to warn him against that sin) it is clear that he has done a stellar job of bringing the work of these great writers to light and to acclaim. Bravo for that. It has been interesting for me to come to know these writers as people away from their fiction, to see their strong characters, idiosyncrasies and foibles. I would never have guessed. So I've been fascinated and I've been reading one story after another, though not in order, until I came upon this quote from Mavis Gallant. "Stories are not chapters of novels. They should not be read one after another, as if they were meant to follow along. Read one. Shut the book. Read something else. Come back later. Stories can wait." I promptly closed the book. I will think some more about these people. Let the previous stories digest. I will go back and read another Gibson story on another day. Better to wait.
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