What is your latest release and what genre is it? A Rewording Life – Anthology
Quick description: With A Rewording Life, Sheryl Gordon brings clarity to obscure words, collaborates with over a thousand cool Canadians (Yann Martel, Jane Urquhart, Terry Fallis, Miriam Toews, Wayson Choy, Emma Donoghue, Linwood Barclay, Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Kim Thúy, Craig Davidson, Shani Mootoo, Charlotte Gray, Measha Brueggergosman, Sass Jordan, Joel Plaskett, Colin Mochrie, Atom Egoyan, Mark Tewksbury, et al.), and raises money for dementia research.
When Ms. Gordon saw her mother, Yolande, lose her words to dementia, she understood like never before that words have meaning. To honour her mom, she asked Canadians who make her life more rewarding to pen an indelible sentence for an abstruse, bemusing, or convoluted word; she chose words she tends to forget. She hopes to harness these scintillating sentences to help eradicate dementia.
Here’s the complete list of all contributors: oct30-2015contributors
Contributors who have previously been featured on Reading Recommendations: Alice Major, Alison Wearing, Axel Howerton, Barb Howard, Betty Jane Hegerat, Caroline Woodward, Dave Margoshes, Don Gillmor, Fred Stenson, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Jacqueline Guest, Karen Bass, Katherine Govier, Ken Rivard, Laura Best, Lori Hahnel, Mandy Eve-Barnett, Marcello Di Cintio, Marie Powell, Marty Chan, Michael Kelly, Sharon Butala, Thomas Wharton, Ursula Pflug and blogger, Carin Makuz.
Interwoven amongst the plethora of contributions are eight heartfelt essays written by Ms. Gordon. The initial letters of her essay titles (a, d, e, i, m, n, t, e) spell dementia. She hopes readers can embrace this scattered concept. Confusion is, after all, the nature of this disease.
Sheryl Gordon lives in Toronto.
She is not a linguist or a lexicographer; she’s just a logophile trying to find meaning in the word—and the world at large.
She used to work in the information technology field but is now pursuing a career as a freelance writer and trainer, and hopes this book will act as her calling card.
Sheryl doesn’t like to sound maudlin but she still misses her mom. A lot.
She hopes this book can help raise money for everyone who’s at risk of losing their words in the end.
**Fifty percent (50%) of the profits of A Rewording Life will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Sheryl’s reading recommendation:
Miriam Toews – All My Puny Sorrows
Margaret Atwood – The Heart Goes Last
Simon Winchester – The Professor and The Madman