we drank cachaca and smoked the green cheroot

author journal

kathleen winter
25 February 1960
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Kathleen Winter is the author of boYs, published by Biblioasis and awarded the 2007 Metalf Rooke award. Excerpt: ...a thin dog sniffing behind porch lattice. Clouds, different one day than the next. Old woman getting the mail in her nightdress. Satellites and the moon. Maybe Mavis saw daddy longlegs in the clapboard, and carpenter beetles and dandelion leaves. Drumstick wrappers, man walking to the store for cigarettes, lost pink flea collar. I think of all these things, or things like them, and how they kept Mavis alive, and I weep for the small, moving things that mean something, anything, and how good they are, and how fortunate we are to be able to see them and touch them.

Kathleen's novel, "Annabel" (House of Anansi 2010) about a child born beyond gender and raised in a hyper-male trapper/hunter culture in remote Labrador, became a #1 bestseller in Canada. Out in 2011 with Grove Atlantic/Black Cat in the US and Jonathan Cape in the UK. Finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Award, and the Governor General's Award.