Ann-Marie MacDonald

Literary Birthday – 29 October – Ann-Marie MacDonald

Happy Birthday, Ann-Marie MacDonald, born 29 October 1958.


  1. Writing is a hellish task, best snuck up on, whacked on the head, robbed and left for dead.
  2. Afterwards, in bed with a book, the spell of television feels remote compared to the journey into the page. To be in a book. To slip into the crease where two pages meet, to live in the place where your eyes alight upon the words to ignite a world of smoke and peril, colour and serene delight. That is a journey no one can end with the change of a channel. Enduring magic.
  3. Memory plays tricks. Memory is another word for story, and nothing is more unreliable.
  4. Depression is anger slowed down; panic is grief speeded up.
  5. Tell the story, gather the events, repeat them. Pattern is a matter of upkeep. Otherwise the weave relaxes back to threads picked up by birds to make their nests. Repeat, or the story will fall and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men. . . . Repeat, and cradle the pieces carefully, or events will scatter like marbles on a wooden floor.

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a Canadian playwright, author, and actress. In 1996 her first novel, Fall On Your Knees, was short-listed for the Giller Prize, and won the People’s Choice Award, and the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year. In 2002 it became an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Fall On Your Knees has been translated into 19 languages.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 28th October 2020