It is so nice to be surrounded by inspiring women. I love being in the store and hearing their stories and knowing how they will be wearing their purchases. I also like to report back to the designers and let them know what happens to their creations when they leave the store…
I wanted to share Kathy’s story with you, she came in and got the Air Philippines dress by local designer Les Enfants Sauvages to wear to an event. Kathy Freidman was nominated for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers for her piece of writing called “At the Bottom of the Garden.” She was a finalist for the award along with Dina Del Bucchia and winner Jen Neale.
“At the Bottom of the Garden” is a risky, strange, and mesmerizing story, taking the reader through a door that seems familiar, but that opens on to a world whose dimensions and meanings have been turned inside-out, magnified, and understood anew. Through prose that is both rich in detail and complex in meaning, Kathy Friedman shuttles us into the heart of an old South Africa where a child learns to recognize darkness in the most ordinary of places.”
– Judges for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Stories by the winner and finalists are available for free download exclusively on Apple’s iBookstore (iTunes.com/BronwenWallace). The iBookstore is accessible via the free iBooks App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and at www.itunes.ca/iBookstore.
More about Kathy Friedman; She was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Grain, Geist, Room, This Magazine,and the anthology Brave New Play Rites (Anvil Press). She is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and is at work on a collection of linked short stories.
Congratulations Kathy! We are happy to have played a small, tiny role in your day!
Writer Kathy Freidman with her parents the day of the awards ceremony.