Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Lisa Pike

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Lisa Pike

The WAR Series: Writers As Readers gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites.

Today we welcome Lisa Pike, the author of My Grandmother's Pill (Guernica Editions). My Grandmother's Pill is a family story about three generations of abuse and and addiction. On the heels of a divorce, Maude struggles to break free of the cycle.

Read on to hear from Lisa about the book Lisa would give her seventeen year old self, the book she re-reads the most and the title she would give her autobiography.
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The WAR Series, Writers as Readers

The first book I remember reading on my own:
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by the American writer William Steig.

A book that made me cry:
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper.

The first adult book I read:
The Dubliners

A book that made me laugh out loud:
Slaughterhouse Five. Tragedy told with dry irony.

The book I have re-read many times:
Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel for the way it moves through time.

A book I feel like I should have read, but haven't:
Dostoevsky’s The Gambler.

The book I would give my seventeen year old self, if I could:
Of Woman Born or anything else by Adrienne Rich.

The best book I read in the past six months:
Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

The book I plan on reading next:
Patricia Bosworth’s biography of Montgomery Clift.

A possible title for my autobiography:
You Can’t Make an Omelette without Breaking Eggs: The Life & Times of Lisa Pike


Lisa Pike was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies: Re: Generations: Canadian Women Poets in Conversation, ditch, the poetry that matters, CV2, The Writer’s Block, The New Quarterly, and Whisky Sour City. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Policeman’s Alley. She lives in Toronto and is presently working on a second novel.

For more information about My Grandmother's Pill please visit the Guernica Editions website.

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