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Here's a newsletter account of Katherine's recent Book Club appearance in Canmore Alberta.


From Elizabeth Harris,
Ottawa, Ontario
"Off the Shelf Book Club"

Hi Katherine!

We talked about the parts of the book that sprung from your reality i.e. the story your mother told you about the Vancouver harbour, the prints in your home, your grandfather being a wool a and silk merchant, your affinity for Japan.

We discussed the symbols :
       - the pearl
       - the sword
       - the polishing of the pearl, the sword and of Vera

We discussed the three views of the paintings - how these connected to the rest of the story.

We talked about the summer island, the sea as a constant and shifting presence, the dive itself and the metaphor of the beautiful and pure pearl being housed in the ugly mollusk.

We looked at a young girl coming of age: a couple of people did not feel they got a real sense of Vera and wanted her character better developed. I was okay with how you unfolded her as a character.

We talked about the ama as strong independent women "born of the sea" and how they were the divers as opposed to men. I mentioned your podcast on the internet where you felt they did not panic like men do. Let's face it - women are stronger!        

I brought some poetry by Browning, Shakespeare, and Housemen that mentioned the pearl. Also Dryden " Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow: he who would search for pearls must dive below."

We laughed at the quote by unknown "Why is it that men can be bastards and women must wear pearls and smile?"

We mentioned famous women who wore pearls – Jackie Kennedy, Barbara Bush with her faux pearls, and especially Princess Diana with her chokers and Elizabeth Taylor with the pearl in the dogs mouth.

Needless to say we had a great discussion and we all agreed that we learned so much. Most of us had never considered how pearls came to be around out necks or on our wrist or ear lobes. The ama divers as you described were very enlightening for us.

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