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Everything Rustles

by (author) Jane Silcott

Anvil Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2013
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Finalist, Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes)

Winner, CNFC Readers' Choice Award for "Threshold"

In this debut collection of personal essays, Silcott looks at the tangle of midlife, the long look back, the shorter look forward, and the moments right now that shimmer and rustle around her. Here is love, grief, uncertainty, longing, joy, desire, fury, and fear. Also wandering bears, marauding llamas, light and laundry rooms.

Praise for Everything Rustles:

Staff Pick, BC BookWorld

“Jane Silcott writes crisp and compelling narratives; as their import emerges, small epiphanies wink into consciousness, and we are taken up into everyday life. Reading this collection of her work we glimpse layers of the real that seem so often to conceal the world from us. A wonderful book, a book of wonders.” (Stephen Osborne, Publisher, Geist Magazine)

"Silcott has a strong voice, and like Didion’s it is one that draws the reader in, page after page. In Everything Rustles, the Vancouver-based author examines that slow onset of fears, which are increasingly more pronounced as we age. This collection of short essays is written in an eloquent, poetic and deeply personal manner." (Vancouver Sun)

“Read these wonderful essays slowly; savour their lively intelligence, their thoughtfulness, their cheek. Silcott takes the personal essay right back to its most productive origins and purpose: to explore (essayer) our world’s mysteries with amazement and humility.” (Andreas Schroeder, author of Renovating Heaven)

One of the season’s “Ten Most Anticipated Books,” Himalayan Walking Shoes Journal

About the author

Jane Silcott is a writer, editor and teacher. Her work has been published widely in Canadian literary magazines and anthologies and been recognized by the CBC Literary Awards, the National and Western Magazine Awards and the Creative Nonfiction Collective of Canada. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of BC. She lives in Vancouver with her family and teaches at UBC and SFU.

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Editorial Reviews

"These are essays that require close attention, which twist and turn away from where you think they’ll go. Not easy reading, but reading that is rich and rewarding. These stories of what Jane Silcott thinks about things deliver a vivid perspective of the world and life itself, and they’re a celebration of strength, wonder and learning." — Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This.

"Moving from cityscape to wilderness, from the vastness of a starry night sky to the confines of a cave, from standard-length essays to one that is a mere page, Everything Rustles intrigues and inspires." — Jess Woolford, The Winnipeg Review.

"Everything Rustles is an ethereal and contemplative collection. Silcott may be afraid, but she shines a flashlight into the corners to make sure we also see the joys that are hiding there in the dark." — Rebecca Higgins, Telegraph-Journal.

“Jane Silcott writes crisp and compelling narratives; as their import emerges, small epiphanies wink into consciousness, and we are taken up into everyday life.” — Stephen Osborne, publisher and editor-in-chief of Geist.


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