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|Lindsay Glauser Kwan is a writer and lover of books, fashion, and art. She has worked in the fashion industry as a buyer and inventory manager for several local fashion companies. Currently enrolled in The Writers Studio, SFU’s creative writing program, she spends her free time cooking, going to concerts and reading. Lindsay is also a past editor of the Vancouver Book Club.|
What are you currently reading?
Slouching through Bethlehem by Joan Didion and Escape to Gold Mountain by David H.T. Wong
How do you like your books served up best?
I love physical books. I like wearing them in until their pages flip easily, when you can slice through the pages, and they fall open and flat. I stuff in my day’s mementos: bus tickets, street pamphlets, postcards, receipts. I like to write in books. I like to underline words, sentences, sometimes whole paragraphs. I dog ear pages to keep my place but I curse when I rip a page.
I love library books too. Sometimes you find traces of another reader’s habits. Sometimes it’s disgusting like a drip of blood. Sometimes it’s a receipt to a coffee shop, or a bookmark from Banyen Books.
Photo of Lindsay Glauser Kwan by C. Kwan.
What book has changed your life?
20th Century Poetry and Poetics edited by Gary Geddes.
I grew up in a small town with not much exposure to the arts. I was surrounded by mill and forestry workers in the days of BCFP. My mom had a copy of this from her college English Course on her shelf. These were the first poems I ever read that didn’t rhyme. I remember flipping through and finding Earle Birney’s Vancouver Lights. I didn’t really understand the poetry, but I was more amazed that real writers existed in places as close as Vancouver. In my mind, writers had a certain mystique; they were foreign and fascinating. …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>