Bog Tender

Bog Tender

Coming Home to Nature and Memory

Book - 2013
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A tribute to nature's influence on the creative process, Bog Tender is a stunning memoir that explores nature and the act of writing, and where the two intersect. Accomplished fiction author George Szanto lives and writes on a bog that cuts his property in two. Rather than filling in the wetland, he has embraced it as a site of inspiration. Pieced together in 12 chapters -- one for each month of the year -- this enchanting narrative explores how Szanto's writing process is affected by the bog's transformations throughout the seasons. Through each chapter, the author searches for the moments of greatest consequence to him, from his parents' escape from Hitler's Vienna to his time spent studying in Germany, and from meeting his future wife and becoming a parent to his adventures in Mexico. Set in a place where city is left behind for rural space, Bog Tender is about home and the intricate connections that evolve under and above the water.
Publisher: [Victoria, BC] : Brindle & Glass Pub., [2013]
ISBN: 9781927366080
Branch Call Number: 828 SZA NVD
Characteristics: 264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jul 16, 2014

Never having heard of this author before, but always willing to give "local" authors a try, I was pleasantly surprised to find this memoir very readable and interesting. It is a great introduction to Szanto's life, motivations, and his writings, which I intend to track down and read.
Gabriola Island references, particularly "Island" Time struck a chord with me.

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