‘Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart’ by Heidi Greco

Caitlin Press 2017

Heidi Greco’s Flightpaths is a captivating exposition into the story of Amelia Earhart (July 1897), the pilot, celebrity author and women’s rights advocate who disappeared in her bid to fly around the world over the equator in July 1937. This year, Heidi’s book commemorates the birth and the disappearance of that iconic woman.

In Flightpaths, Heidi takes us on a soulful and poetic flight of imagination exploring various possibilities in the scenario of Amelia’s disappearance. On the way, the reader experiences tiny explosions of delicate expressions where landing on ‘Howland, the tiny island’ is landing ‘on a hummingbird’s nest’ (dead reckoning, page 18); Amelia’s ‘fears of drowning’ rise like ‘a brook swelling after spring rains – the sweep of water across the window’s glass – rising, rising.’ (july 3, 20). And, at some places, it’s too compelling to just fly over:

‘Not just a mere dog.

More a man than the one
who murdered him.’
(remembering james the ferocious, poisoned, 36)

‘he said he’d buy me a plane
All I had to do
was say yes I do, I do,
All i had to do just
Do be do be do.’
(Gp and me; our story, 42)

‘This morn, I raised my hand to ask,
my silent keeper shook her head,
looked at her feet, walked away,
left me

a piece of fish, wet and raw
on my sodden rice.’
(news, unwanted, 55)

Heidi Greco has published a novella and five collections of poetry including ‘The Amelia Poems’ (Lipstick Press 2009) chapbook that Flightpaths builds upon. And in this, poems and creative prose items are woven into the mystery of the plot.

Most interesting aspect of this book is that the author takes the persona of her subject in order to explore it. The intriguing first-person fictionalized biographical narrative was earlier used by author Susan Crean to explore the life of another iconic woman in The Laughing One: A Journey to Emily Carr (HarperCollins 2001), and, it also had a precursor (Opposite Contraries: The Unknown Journals of Emily Carr and Other Writings). Susan’s The Laughing One was short-listed for three awards in 2001 including Governor General’s, and, it won the 2002 B.C. Book Prize and 2002 Hubert Evans. To me, these are good omens for Heidi’s Flightpaths.

This 96-page book makes for an effortless, smooth and fast read as it references herstory/history. Ordering information is below.

978-1-987915-47-1 / 1-987915-47-X
Paperback
5.5” x 8”, 96 pages
Paperback price: 18.00
caitlin-press.com/our-books/flightpaths

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New Reading Group in Surrey – meeting Fri Nov 25

Surrey Muse, a new reading and presentation group, begins with its first meeting this Friday Nov 25 featuring a guest author, a featured poet, and a featured playwtight. Each 15-20 minute presentation will have ten minutes of discussion. Refreshments will be followed by an Open Mic.

The group meets every Fourth Friday of each month except December.

Surrey Muse – First Meeting
Friday November 25, 2011
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Room 418
City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Guest Author: Susan Crean
Featured Poet: Manolis
Featured Playwright: Sana Janjua
Host: Valerie B.-Taylor

Open Mic
Refreshments

Free event
Donations welcome

Contact: surrey.muse@gmail.com
Web Page: http://surreymuse.wordpress.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Surrey-Muse/257728917595039

Next meeting: Friday, January 27, 2012
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Fauzia Rafique – Readings at Kogawa House – Van Nov 13

Sunday November 13
2-4pm
Kogawa House
1450 64 Avenue West

South Asian Canadian author
Fauzia Rafique
Will present readings from her
Novel ‘Skeena’ (Libros Libertad 2011)
Novel ‘Triple’ (Unpublished ms)
Poems from ‘Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal’ (Uddari Books 2011)

With Susan Crean and Tariq Malik

Discussion
Refreshments

Fauzia Rafique: Fauzia Rafique’s long-awaited novel Skeena was published in Punjabi in Pakistan in 2007, and in Canada last Spring. It is the story of a Muslim Canadian woman, written in Skeena’s own voice, which follows her journey from village to Lahore, to Toronto and finally Surrey. View Fauzia’s page: http://gandholi.wordpress.com/

Susan Crean is working on a book exploring Chinese Canadian communities through someone she knew as a child. Susan has written and edited many works of non fiction. One of her books ‘The Laughing One: A Journey to Emily Carr’ was short-listed for the 2001 Governor General’s Award for non fiction. In 2002, the title won the BC Book Prize for Non fiction. More at: www.susancrean.ca

Tariq Malik, a member of the Kogawa House Board who has recently launched his book ‘Chanting Denied Shores: The Komagatamaru Narratives‘, will also present from his work. He had earlier published ‘The Rainsongs of Kotli’.

About the events at Kogawa House:
Up-coming Events at Kogawa House‏ – Vancouver Sundays Nov-Dec

To reserve a seat
kogawahouse@yahoo.ca

Visit: http://www.kogawahouse.com/.
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Betsy Warland at Kogawa House – Vancouver Nov 6 at 2-4pm‏

I am hosting two wonderful women writers over the next two Sundays and hope you can join us. Betsy Warland this week, and Fauzia Rafique next.

Betsy Warland: Poet, author and editor, Betsy Warland has been writing on the cutting edge of feminist literature and active in the feminist writing community for thirty years. Her poetry, and latterly her non-fiction, push the boundaries of genre while challenging the assumptions of culture. A mentor to many, she is currently director of The Writer’s Studio at SFU.

Fauzia Rafique: Fauzia Rafique’s long-awaited novel, Skeena, was published in Punjabi in Pakistan in 2007, and in Canada last Spring. It is the story of a Muslim Canadian woman, written in Skeena’s own voice, which follows her journey from village to Lahore, to Toronto and finally Surrey. Author Tariq Malik, a member of Kogawa House Board, will host the event with me.

Susan Crean
Kogawa House
1450 West 64th Ave @ Granville

To reserve a seat email kogawahouse@yahoo.ca

Blogging at www.susancrean.ca
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Up-coming Events at Kogawa House‏ – Vancouver Sundays Nov-Dec

On Sundays from 2pm – 4pm
I will be hosting writers at Kogawa House. Some are writers I know, some I’ve invited to get to know. All of them are artists I admire, and think you will too. So join me here.
Kogawa House
1450 W. 64th Ave @ Granville

To reserve a seat email kogawahouse@yahoo.ca 
Blogging at www.susancrean.ca

TaraBeaganTara Beagan is a multi-talented and prolific young theatre artist, best known for her plays which have won numerous awards and nominations. A “proud halfbreed of Ntlakapamux (Thompson River Salish) and Irish Canadian heritage”, she is part of the new generation of Native artists creating ambitious work that is edgy, funny and very smart. Tara is currently artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts, the oldest professional Aboriginal performing arts company in Canada. Sunday, October 30th

Betsy WarlandPoet, author and editor, Besty Warland has been writing on the cutting edge of feminist literature, and active in the feminist writing community for thirty years. Her poetry, and latterly her non-fiction, push the boundaries of genre and challenge the assumptions of culture. A mentor to many, Betsy is currently director of the Writer’s Studio at SFU. Sunday, November 6th.

Fauzia Rafique Fauzia’s long-awaited novel, Skeena, was published in Punjabi in Pakistan in 2007, and in Canada last Spring. It is the story of a Muslim Canadian woman, written in Skeena’s own voice, which follows her journey from village, to Lahore, to Toronto and, finally, Surrey. Novelist Tariq Malik, a member of the Kogawa House Board, will host the event with me. Sunday, November 13th

Joy Kogawa – Book Launch Sheena Wilson launches her collection of essays on the life and work of Joy Kogawa, Joy Kogawa, Essays on Her Works (Guernica). Wilson has contributed three articles and an extensive Kogawa bibliography to the book. Several of the writers will be present, as will Joy Kogawa. Sunday, November 20th.

Wayde Compton Wayde Compton is a well-known writer and activist who is currently the writer-in-residence at the Vancouver Public Library. He is an experimental poet (49th Parallel Psalm, Performance Bond), a DJ, who branched into non-fiction in his most recent book After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing and Region. His work is deeply imbued with history and music. Sunday, November 27th.

Shirley BearMaliseet visual artist and writer Shirley Bear is from the Tobique reserve in New Brunswick. Her work is in many collections and in 2009 the Beaverbrook Art Gallery mounted a retrospective of her work. She is who also a writer who blurs the genres, and her book Virgin Bones – Belayak Kcikug’nas’ikn’ug, combines story, poetry, and prose. Shirley lived in Vancouver through the 1990s and was the Aboriginal Advisor at Emily Carr College. Sunday, December 4th.

To reserve a seat email:
kogawahouse@yahoo.ca

From Susan Crean
screan@sympatico.ca
Blogging at www.susancrean.ca
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