The Next Chapter·Dog-Eared Reads

Why Shauntay Grant is drawn to this collection of short stories by Jamaica Kincaid

The Nova Scotian writer and performance artist loves to re-read At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid.
Shauntay Grant is an author based in Nova Scotia. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, shauntaygrant.com)

Shauntay Grant is a Canadian writer, performance artist, Dalhousie University lecturer and Halifax's third poet laureate. Her children's books include Up Home, which won the 2009 Best Atlantic Published Book Prize, and Africvillea picture book that was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustrated books

Grant told The Next Chapter that she loves to re-read At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid.

"The book that I like to go back to is a collection of short stories called At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid. I am a poet and I love reading fiction that reads like poetry. 

With this particular collection, the language is so lovely and it speaks to me every time.

"With this particular collection, the language is so lovely and it speaks to me every time. I love reading it aloud and feeling that poetic sense from the text every time I pick it up."

Shauntay Grant's comments have been edited for length and clarity.

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