67 Out of Place
Though some fiction can take place in a nameless “anywhere,” some stories are so tied to the place in which they run their course that the place itself becomes a character. Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s novels are inspired by the Thompson-Shuswap region where she grew up and The Spawning Grounds couldn’t happen anywhere else. Although he writes thrillers, Michael Koryta’slandscapes are as ominous as his plots, from Montana’s windy peaks to Florida’s eerie swamps. Olive Senior lives in Toronto, but she writes of Jamaica where she was born, writing infused with the light, smells, class, history and hopes of that island. And Chinese-Canadian author Xue Yiwei’s first book available in English, Shenzheners, is being hailed as a Chinese Dubliners. Pack your suitcase ‘cause we’re off to visit new places tonight.