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The author Molly Peacock discusses her new collection of stories based on the letters of the alphabet: Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions (McClelland & Stewart, 2014), with Joseph Planta.


Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions by Molly Peacock (McClelland & Stewart, 2014).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Alphabetique


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

For me to try and define what Molly Peacock’s latest book is, would not do it justice. It’s such a charming book, with elegant, thoughtful writing, as well as marvelous illustrations by Kara Kosaka. The book is called: Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions. There are 26 tales in this book, each one inspired by the lives of the letters of the alphabet. From A, who climbs a mountain, an Alp, no less, to Z, who is a herpetologist. They’re just delightful pieces, that remind us of the beauty and charm of words and the letters that make them up. I’ll get Ms. Peacock, who joins me now to tell us about the book. There’s no one better really to tell us about this book, and this ‘abecedarium’ genre. Molly Peacock is a poet, essayist and non-fiction writer. Her most recent book, as the number one bestselling The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72. Her memoir was Paradise, Piece by Piece. And her most recent poetry collection was entitled The Second Blush. She appears in sundry anthologies and publications. The website for more is at www.mollypeacock.org. The book is published by McClelland & Stewart. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Molly Peacock; Ms. Peacock, good morning.

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