My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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freeing the elephants

I was just at yet another wonderful U of T celebration – my, those folks know how to celebrate. Tonight was awards night, plaques given to the best teachers in Continuing Studies. A fascinating woman

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All readers; all levels.

My website has finally been updated, and there’s now a list of new reviews in the “Book” section. Mmmm – all those lovely words of praise – does the soul good. There’s also a brand

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Noo Yawk in springtime

Big news: I have been invited to speak about the book at the 92nd Street Y in New York. April 8th, 2008: mark it on your calendar. This Y is the epicentre of literary cultural

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my autumn letter to the World

Next talk date: Vancouver Jewish Book Fair, Sunday November 25. I’ve just come back from Amherst, giving a talk at the National Yiddish Book Center. The site is even lovelier than I had expected, luminous,

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What I did on my summer holidays

My talk in Halifax is postponed. Not one of us planning the event noticed that we had scheduled it for the first night of Rosh Hashanah. My calendar noted the following day as the day,

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in the fall and on the shelf

Two confirmed book-related events in the fall: – on Wednesday September 12 I will be speaking in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the Halifax Grammar School, the school co-founded by my father. This will be a

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Rich with nuanced detail

A beautiful summer is drifting by. August is a month with no teaching income but also no pressure – an ideal time to embark on a new project. But first I had a superb couple

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voices on-line and other wonders

The good news from Syracuse University Press is that the first print run of the book is nearly sold out! I just spoke about Gordin at the Stratford Festival, where one audience member was more

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book launch picture

I am taking a big technological leap with the help of my friend Chuck the computer genius – trying to upload pictures to share with you. So here’s my first try – a picture of

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stack o’ books

I was riding my bicycle home the other day, and a neighbour called after me, “I’m on page 148!” My, this is fun. I have been getting all kinds of feedback – a bit not

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About Beth

I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

Some Blogs I Follow

Chris Walks
This blog evolves. It once was about travels. Now it’s a reason to be at the keyboard that I value.


Theresa Kishkan
Theresa Kishkan is a writer living on the Sechelt Peninsula on the west coast of Canada.


I walk on. With my feet, and in my mind as well.


Carrie Snyder
Wherever you’ve come from, wherever you’re going, consider this space a place for reflection and pause.


Juliet in Paris, Spain and Beyond
Juliet is a Canadian who’s lived for decades in Paris and writes about her travels and the many things that interest her.



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