Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 16
- Grade: 11
There is an epidemic of violence against women in Canada and the world. For many women physical and sexual assault, or the threat of such violence, is a daily reality. Walk Myself Home is an anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and oral interviews on the subject of violence against women including contributions by Kate Braid, Yasuko Thahn and Susan Musgrave.
Walk Myself Home began as a small idea: to create a chapbook and sell it at the next LoudSpeaker Festival. The response was overwhelming. This small idea found a chorus of voices, and its sound was too big for a chapbook.
About the author
Andrea Routley’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including the Malahat Review and Room Magazine, and in 2008, she was shortlisted for the Rona Murray Prize for Literature. She is the founder and editor of Plenitude Magazine, Canada’s queer literary magazine. She edited Walk Myself Home: An Anthology to End Violence Against Women (Caitlin Press, 2010), which continues to receive praise from magazines like Bitch, Herizons, Prairie Fire and the Vancouver Sun. In 2012, she completed a degree in writing from the University of Victoria. She currently lives in Victoria, BC, with her girlfriend and their ferocious cat, Travis.
Walk Myself Home: An Anthology to End Violence Against WomenThis thought-provoking book presents a collection of stories, poems and interviews that explore the many ways Canadian women experience violence. In the introduction, Andrea Routley, emphasizes that to end violence against women we must be able to recognize its many different forms. Each work speaks of real experiences that reflect the various kinds of abuse that are a daily reality for many women. Some of these pieces are very direct and disturbing. The anthology demonstrates how prevalent violence against women is in our society and how we need to become aware in order to bring about change. The book includes a brief biographical outline of each of the 50 contributors most of whom reside in BC.
Caution: Contains coarse language, graphic descriptions of sex and violence that may be disturbing to some readers.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.