Book details

Publication date: August 2018
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Canadian Literature / Essays
Subject(s): LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays, Canadian Literature / Essays, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian, Anthologies: general, Canadian Literature / Essays, Canadian Literature, Literary Nonfiction, Anthology, Literature
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Rona Altrows is author of At This Juncture, A Run on Hose, Key in Lock, and The River Throws a Tantrum. With Naomi K. Lewis, she co-edited Shy: An Anthology. Julie Sedivy is the co-author of Sold on Language and has written for Nautilus, Discover, Scientific American, Politico, Swerve, and others. They both live and work in Calgary.

"A great deal of our lives is spent waiting. As humans we wait for public transit and for food at restaurants and food courts... And we wait for longer, more existential things: the birth of a baby, the progression of an illness, the arrival or departure of a friend or family member, acceptance or rejection of a job opportunity, love. In this edited anthology, a broad array of writers...examine various aspects of why and how we wait."

Quill & Quire

# 2 on Calgary Herald's Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, October 6, 2018

Calgary Herald

# 9 on Calgary Herald's Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, October 13, 2018

Calgary Herald

# 2 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, October 19, 2018

"Each of these thirty-two essays is powerful, distinctive, authentic.... I closed this book feeling that I’d been on thirty-two life journeys.... Waiting is not just filling blank time. It is also about courage and love." [Full review at]

Elizabeth Greene, Ottawa Review of Books

"There’s plenty to debate here... These are just a few of the kinds of waiting essayed here, and they are all very much worth reading." Saskatoon StarPhoenix, January 26, 2019 [Full review at]

Bill Robertson

"Waiting is a universal phenomenon, and in this impressive collection editors Rona Altrows and Julie Sedivy curate a variety of nuanced and distilled personal essays from 32 writers exploring the liminal experiences of people waiting for results, news, change, release or understanding"

Jannie Edwards, Alberta Views

"I would buy this book based on the contributor list alone. The essays are well balanced—short mixed in with long, very well-established writers mixed in with new ones, a variety of approaches and styles, and surprising interpretations of the waiting theme mixed in with more expected explorations. Waiting is as strong a collection as I have read."

Angie Abdou, author of Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom

Cover Design of the Year | Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada
Cover Design of the Year | Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada
1 | Bill of Fare susan olding 3
2 | Saturday anne lévesque 17
3 | Waiting for Now: Four Stories steven ross smith 20
4 | The Escape edythe anstey hanen 27
5 | Waiting for Alexandra glen sorestad 32
6 | The Art Hospital, the Floating Hospital,
and the Burning House elizabeth haynes 41
7 | The Past Was a Small Notebook,
Much Scribbled-Upon cora siré 50
8 | Beyond the Horizon julie sedivy 62
9 | Two Women Waiting rebecca danos 69
10 | Esperando patti edgar 75
11 | Currents alice major 80
12 | Letter of Intent rona altrows 93
13 | The Next Minute jane cawthorone 100
14 | Frozen lorri neilsen glenn 103
15 | Harder, But Still Not Painful robin van eck 105
16 | Alterations wendy mcgrath 118
17 | Who Will Find Me weyman chan 123
18 | in the event of stuart ian mckay 137
19 | Whisper Talk anne sorbie 141
20 | Waiting for the Impossible aritha van herk 148
21 | On the Pleasure of Waiting richard harrison 152
22 | Storage sharon butala 155
23 | Heavy Weight of Silence lee kvern 171
24 | Impressions margaret macpherson 179
25 | Telling vivian hansen 183
26 | Tom Petty Just Isn’t There for You:Riffs on Waiting leslie greentree 196
27 | Wait Training samantha albert 207
28 | Waiting for a Hero jane harris 216
29 | Bones, Honey roberta rees 221
30 | Undeterred john graham-pole 242
31 | Sa Ta Na Ma kathy seifert 247
32 | We Come and We Go kelly s. thompson 253
ISBNs: 9781772123838 978-1-77212-383-8 Title: waiting ISBNs: 9781772124187 978-1-77212-418-7 Title: waiting ISBNs: 9781772124194 978-1-77212-419-4 Title: waiting ISBNs: 9781772124200 978-1-77212-420-0 Title: waiting