Author picks for the holidays: Kathleen Winter recommends BECOMING HUMAN

The book:

Becoming Human — 10th Anniversary Edition, by Jean Vanier
ISBN: 978-0-88784-809-4 * $18.95

The recommender:

Kathleen Winter, author of Annabel

Kathleen says:

There is something about Jean Vanier’s writing that cuts through all the religious bullshit I’ve waded through on my own spiritual search, and gets right to the raw heart, the writhing, lonesome conflict of being alive in this cold world. Vanier’s insights feel homemade and lumpy and faulted, but they don’t feel fake and they never feel impotent like a lot of so-called spiritual writing. I don’t always agree with his views, but he often manages to cut through weariness and cynicism and disillusion and jaded hopelessness, and revive some sort of embryonic goodness inside me. I suspect he seeks and writes at great expense to his own energy, and I think his hard-won light of the soul is a lovely gift to give someone at the darkest time of year.

KATHLEEN WINTER has written dramatic and documentary scripts for Sesame Street and CBC Television. Her first collection of short stories, boYs, was the winner of both the Winterset Award and the 2006 Metcalfe-Rooke Award. Her first novel, Annabel, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. A long-time resident of St. John’s, Newfoundland, she now lives in Montreal.



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