You Look Good for Your Age. Rona Altrows

Every so often, WordCity Literary Journal may choose to feature an important and engaging book that’s come to our attention. This issue, in keeping with the feminist threads woven throughout our collection, we are giving space to Rona Altrows, for her anthology, You Look Good for Your Age

With a lineup of authors that include WordCity contributors, the pages of You Look Good for Your Age is filled with literary essays, short stories and poetry that explore the many aspects of aging of women in society.

In launching this anthology, Rona and the publisher (The University of Alberta Press) not only organized a live, online launch party, but gathered together a collection of short video readings by the collection’s contributors. We think you’ll agree that it’s both an innovative and generous way to give something to readers and listeners, and a joyful way to present these beautiful works and those who wrote them.

With permission from and thanks to Rona and the publisher, we include those readings here (following a description of the anthology). You may also find the readings on The University of Alberta Press’s YouTube Channel.


Description: “I returned to the same respiratory therapist for my annual checkup. I told her that her words to me, ‘You look good for your age,’ had inspired a book. ‘Wow!’ she said. ‘You wrote a whole book about that?’ ‘Twenty-nine kick-ass writers wrote it,’ I said. She gave me a thumbs up.” From the Preface

This is a book about women and ageism. There are twenty-nine contributing writers, ranging in age from their forties to their nineties. Through essays, short stories, and poetry, they share their distinct opinions, impressions, and speculations on aging and ageism and their own growth as people. In these thoughtful, fierce, and funny works, the writers show their belief in women and the aging process.

Debbie Bateman reads from “The Art of the Scarf”
Jane Cawthorn reads from “Shuffle”
Elizabeth Haynes reads from “Back to the Garden”
Paula Kirman reads from “Adult Tween”
E.D. Morin reads from “Well Preserved”
Laura Wershler reads from “Aging in Three-Year Increments”
Dora Dueck reads from “How I Got Old”
Madelaine Shaw-Wong reads from “Lilly’s Funeral”

Contributors: Rona Altrows, Debbie Bateman, Moni Brar, Maureen Bush, Sharon Butala, Jane Cawthorne, Joan Crate, Dora Dueck, Cecelia Frey, Ariel Gordon, Elizabeth Greene, Vivian Hansen, Joyce Harries, Elizabeth Haynes, Paula E. Kirman, Joy Kogawa, Laurie MacFayden, JoAnn McCaig, Wendy McGrath, E.D. Morin, Lisa Murphy Lamb, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Olyn Ozbick, Roberta Rees, Julie Sedivy, Madelaine Shaw-Wong, Anne Sorbie, Aritha van Herk, Laura Wershler

Book details

Publication date: May 2021

Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: women; woman; female; age; ageing; ageism; senior; seniors; young; old; image; beauty; mother; daughter; grandmother
Subject(s): Literary essays, women; woman; female; age; ageing; ageism; senior; seniors; young; old; image; beauty; mother; daughter; grandmother, Canadian Literature / Women’s Studies, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian, Anthologies: general, Literary essays, Modern & contemporary fiction, Modern & contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards), Coping with ageing, Canadian Literature, Women’s Studies, Literary Nonfiction
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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