Books

Minerva’s Owl
The Bereavement Phase of My Marriage

Release Date: Nov 20, 2017

Paperback: 96 pages

Author: Carol Matthews

In Minerva’s Owl, Carol Matthews reflects on Hegel’s observation that the owl of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, spreads its wings only at twilight. Understanding comes late in life and, as Hegel suggests, the past cannot be rejuvenated, only known. For Matthews, the knowing is helpful. Part grief memoir, part love story, this account is an exploration of how bereavement after a long-term marriage can be experienced as part of an ongoing relationship.


“. . . an original, startling and deeply thought-provoking work. There is an intimacy to her writing that invites the reader in almost as an eavesdropper. What we hear are our own thoughts and questions. What we are left with is a sense of peace – the kind that comes with the knowledge that, even in the darkest places, we are not alone.”


Questions for Ariadne: The Labyrinth and the End of Times

Release Date: 2 edition Jan 1 2019

Paperback: 150 pages

Author: Carol Matthews

Read about Questions for Ariadne: The Labyrinth and the End of Times the Vancouver Sun’s book review here.

Questions for Ariadne includes elements of fiction, non-fiction, myth and memoir. Through conversations with the mythical Mistress of the Labyrinth, Ariadne, the author considers the story of the labyrinth and contemplates ways in which walking the labyrinth helps her to face advancing old age and approaching death. This exploration takes place in labyrinths around British Columbia and in Toronto. Although some of the characters are fictional, the labyrinth hobbyists, builders and writers are real, as are the author’s husband and granddaughter, and the labyrinths themselves.


Dog Days: Between the Lines

Release Date: 2009

Paperback: 135 pages

Author: Carol Matthews

In the summer of 2001, Liza Potvin, a single mother, writer, and academic, took her two children to a monastery in India where she taught English to Tibetan Buddhist monks. Carol Matthews,a writer and consultant, community worker and retired academic, remained at home on a small island on Canada’s West Coast with her husband, Mike, and Victor, an energetic terrier puppy rescued by Liza and her children before their departure. The email between Liza and Carol reflects global tensions that arose as the world heated up after September 11, 2001, and the uncertainties that were arising in the personal lives of the writers, along with the adventures and insights of the errant puppy, Victor.

“. . . two candles: articulate, funny, occasionally wrong-headed, but always searching for what is right — and with such light.”


Incidental Music

Release Date: Sept 15, 2007

Paperback: 232 pages

Oolichan Books

Author: Carol Matthews

Read about Incidental Music through Oolichan Books

This book should be available at most bookstores but can also be ordered direct from oolichan books:

P.0 Box 10,
Lantzville, B.C.,
Canada V0R 2H0
Telephone: 250.390.4839 or 1.877.390.4839
Fax: 1.866.299.0026


Reflections on the C-Word: At the Centre of the Cancer Labyrinth

Release Date: Jan 1, 2007

Paperback: 67 pages

Hedgerow Press

Author: Carol Matthews

Read about Reflections on the C-Word: At the Centre of the Cancer Labyrinth through Hedgerow Press

You will probably find this book in your local bookstore but if necessary you may order direct from Hedgerow Press:

PO BOX 2471, Sidney BC, V8L 3Y3
Phone: 250–656–9320
E-Mail: hedgep(at)telus.net

Hedgerow titles are distributed to bookstores in Canada by:

Sandhill Book Marketing Ltd.
Unit #4, 3308 Appaloosa Road, Millcreek Industrial Park,
Kelowna, B.C. V1V 2G9
Tel: 250–491–1446
Fax: 250–491–4066


The First Three Years of a Grandmother’s Life

Release Date: Sept 15, 2006

Paperback: 64 pages

Sandhill Book Marketing

Author: Carol Matthews

Read more about The First Three Years of a Grandmother’s Life through Sandhill Book Marketing

Copies may be ordered from Sandhill Book Marketing Ltd.:

Unit #4, 3308 Appaloosa Road, Millcreek Industrial Park,
Kelowna, B.C. V1V 2G9
Tel: 250–491–1446
Fax: 250–491–4066


Piccolo Mondo

Release Date: 1998

Coach House Books


Read more about Piccolo Mondo through Coach House Books

CHAPTER ONE

“The first thing you need to keep in mind if you’re going to write a novel about the 1950s, which began in 1951 and ended in 1963, is the multitude of stuff that hasn’t happened yet. I mean no Sixties (1963–73), no Seventies (1974–79), no Eighties (1980–1992). We’re sitting in the Georgia, and as far as the mini goes we’re tabulae rasae…”

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