I’m delighted to preview a remarkable new novel, SHOAL WATER, by first-time author, Kip Robinson Greenthal. Winner of the prestigious 2020 Landmark Prize for Fiction. A haunting, lyrical and startling debut novel, set in a close-knit Nova Scotia fishing village. In these treacherous currents, selkies and a drowned-villager’s ghost greet…


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That warm, Colorado night, I was feeding our two scrappy mutts, Bowser and Dirkson, when instead of gobbling their food, they sat rigidly still on their haunches. Starring up at the starry night sky, their fur was eerily puffed in fear. We lived in a rural area in an…


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Rejections. I had enough to wallpaper my makeshift writing studio. After five years as a lowly editorial assistant, toiling away in the upstairs-downstairs hierarchy of The New Yorker magazine, I was still unpublished; but I was young and had given myself ten years to become a writer. Every day in…


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Excerpted from the book “Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America,” essays by Brenda Peterson, all photographs by Annie Marie Musselman. (Sasquatch Books)

THEIR EYES FIND you first, often golden or dark-green and amber-flecked with a fierce and surprising intimacy. Direct, intelligent, eerily familiar. Though…


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I am clueless in the kitchen. My rarely used oven is stocked with organic kibbles for my cat, blue corn chips, and peanut butter pretzels to slake my salt tooth. My microwave doubles as a big breadbox. For years, I lived off the delicious delis and high-end hot bars…


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The day after Joe Biden’s Inauguration, a friend wrote me: “I’m celebrating, but also crashing with fatigue. You?”

“Yes, I’m exhausted,” I responded, realizing that for the first time in four years I hadn’t begun my day dreading what new divisive tactic or vendetta Trump had instigated with his Twitter…


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My first day commuting to The New Yorker in midtown, I caught the wrong subway and ended up in Queens. When I asked directions from a passerby, he snarled, “What do I look like, a travel agent?” …


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Loki, an “ascended master.”

My first encounter with my Siamese cat and animal soulmate, Loki, was in a dream. Sixteen years ago, when I’d had to put my previous Siamese, Isabel, to sleep by calling the vet to our home, it was too late at night to take her for cremation; so I’d…


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Listen to “Silent Night” with Dan Forrest as virtual accompaniment

In this nadir of the pandemic, some of us are still finding a way to “sing, make a joyful sound,” together. I’ve been singing in two virtual choirs, a way of staying sanely connected to my musical community and keeping my voice supple, my lungs buoyant. Singing my mezzo-soprano part…


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We sing because hearing is the first and last human sense; we sing to blend our voices and find harmony in a world so often dissonant; we sing to celebrate and to mourn; we sing to carry on our traditions.

Live community music during the holidays is one of the…

Brenda Peterson

Brenda Peterson is the author of over 20 books, including Duck and Cover, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” and the memoir I Want to Be Left Behind.

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