Folio of an author portrait of St. John the Evangelist from the Book of Kells, c. 810. Image from ARTstor. *I couldn’t find a decent/complete image of this folio, but look at the white-robed body of Jesus behind John whose wounded hands and feet are visible outside of the decorative frame.
Portraits of two more authors whose books I’ve enjoyed this past year: Rebecca Stead’s newest novel is Goodbye Stranger, a lovely nostalgic middle grade read set in New York City that perfectly captures the tension and grace of being twelve. I am a shameless reader of YA - & I think I enjoyed this one even more as a once-but-no-longer-twelve-year-old. Atul Gawande is a surgeon whose recent book Being Mortal presents innovative and vital viewpoints on how we can rethink our individual collective approachs to end of life care. It’s an empathetic and engaging read.
In other news - come say hello at the Xpace zine fair in Toronto, this Saturday, 12-6 pm! I will be there with real things not just pixels. Entrance is free and there are *snacks*