Mnemonic: A Book of Trees, Theresa Kishkan, Gooselane
Theresa Kishkan, poet, novelist, essayist and co-owner of Highground Press, has written a memoir based on trees she has known. The conceit is clever, and the result is a real sense of telling a life by fingering a grand rosary of tree species, recalling anything that goes. The book begins with a gesture to Dante’s dark wood, but Kishkan’s wood is of her own planting. In the Prelude, Kishkan asks whether she can write her life “by remembering the groves, imaginary or real, of my childhood, my girlhood, the painful years of young adulthood, of motherhood?”
Penny Plain, by Ronnie Burkett, Place des Arts to April 21
Stock markets closing down, world-wide meat contamination, and the absence of life in No. 10 Downing Street set the stage for the end of the world. Penny Plain, blind but with unwavering commitment to the small joys of cultured living, decides to wait out in her armchair.