Bog Tender by George Szanto
Coming Home to Nature and Memory

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To be tender is to be sensitive; to be a tender of a place is to take care of it. Tender also refers to currency. Bog Tender encompasses all these meanings.
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A tribute to natures influence on the creative process, Bog Tender is a stunning memoir that explores nature and the act of writing, and where the two intersect. Accomplished fiction author George Szanto lives and writes on a bog that cuts his property in two. Rather than filling in the wetland, he has embraced it as a site of inspiration. Pieced together in 12 chapters—one for each month of the year—this enchanting narrative explores how Szantos writing process is affected by the bogs transformations throughout the seasons. Through each chapter, the author searches for the moments of greatest consequence to him, from his parents escape from Hitlers Vienna to his time spent studying in Germany, and from meeting his future wife and becoming a parent, to his adventures in Mexico.

Set in a place where city is left behind for rural space, Bog Tender is about home and the intricate connections that evolve under and above the water.

 

About George Szanto

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A National Magazine Award recipient and winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction, George Szanto is the author of several books of essays and half a dozen novels, including his recent novel The Tartarus House on Crab. His new memoir, Bog Tender: Coming Home to Nature and Memory, is a study of the relationship between writing and nature. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, George is also co-author of the Island Investigations International mystery series, which includes Never Sleep with a Suspect on Gabriola Island, Always Kiss the Corpse on Whidbey Island, and Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island. Please visit georgeszanto.com.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Brindle & Glass Publishing. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, History, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alix Ohlin on Mar 08 2013

To be tender is to be sensitive; to be a tender of a place is to take care of it. Tender also refers to currency. Bog Tender encompasses all these meanings.

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Reviewed by Alix Ohlin on Mar 08 2013

To be tender is to be sensitive; to be a tender of a place is to take care of it. Tender also refers to currency. Bog Tender encompasses all these meanings. Szanto, in his mild, unhurried way, makes a strong case for the beauty of the bog, and for the value of choosing, at last, a home.

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