Table of contents


1 | Bill of Fare // Susan Olding
2 | Saturday // Anne Lévesque
3 | Waiting for Now: Four Stories // Steven Ross Smith
4 | The Escape // Edythe Anstey Hanen
5 | Waiting for Alexandra // Glen Sorestad
6 | The Art Hospital, the Floating Hospital,
and the Burning House // Elizabeth Haynes
7 | The Past Was a Small Notebook,
Much Scribbled-Upon // Cora Siré
8 | Beyond the Horizon // Julie Sedivy
9 | Two Women Waiting // Rebecca Danos
10 | Esperando // Patti Edgar
11 | Currents // Alice Major
12 | Letter of Intent // Rona Altrows
13 | The Next Minute // Jane Cawthorone
14 | Frozen // Lorri Neilsen Glenn
15 | Harder, But Still Not Painful // Robin Van Eck
16 | Alterations // Wendy Mcgrath
17 | Who Will Find Me // Weyman Chan
18 | in the event of // Stuart Ian Mckay
19 | Whisper Talk // Anne Sorbie
20 | Waiting for the Impossible // Aritha Van Herk
21 | On the Pleasure of Waiting // Richard Harrison
22 | Storage // Sharon Butala
23 | Heavy Weight of Silence Lee Kvern
24 | Impressions // Margaret Macpherson
25 | Telling // Vivian Hansen
26 | Tom Petty Just Isn’t There for You: Riffs on Waiting // Leslie Greentree
27 | Wait Training // Samantha Albert
28 | Waiting for a Hero // Jane Harris
29 | Bones, Honey // Roberta Rees
30 | Undeterred // John Graham-Pole
31 | Sa Ta Na Ma // Kathy Seifert
32 | We Come and We Go // Kelly S. Thompson



Waiting, that most human of experiences, saturates all of our lives. We spend part of each day waiting—for birth, death, appointments, acceptance, forgiveness, redemption. This collection of 32 personal essays embraces both widely shared and surprising interpretations of the theme, which is as much about hope as it is about waiting. The contributors play with language that ranges from lush and complex to spare and subtle, connecting with anyone who has ever had to wait. To learn more about this publisher, click here: http://bit. ly/1KDLsjc


  • Short-listed, Cover Design of the Year | Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta 2019
  • Short-listed, Cover Design of the Year | Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta 2018


# 9 on Calgary Herald's Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, October 13, 2018

- Calgary Herald

# 2 on Calgary Herald's Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, October 6, 2018

- Calgary Herald

"Each of these thirty-two essays is powerful, distinctive, authentic. ... I closed this book feeling that I’d been on thirty-two life journeys. ... Waiting is not just filling blank time. It is also about courage and love. " [Full review at https://www. ottawareviewofbooks. com/single-post/2019/02/02/Waiting-An-Anthology-of-Essays-edited-by-Rona-Altrows-and-Julie-Sedivy]

- Elizabeth Greene

"A great deal of our lives is spent waiting. As humans we wait for public transit and for food at restaurants and food courts. .. And we wait for longer, more existential things: the birth of a baby, the progression of an illness, the arrival or departure of a friend or family member, acceptance or rejection of a job opportunity, love. In this edited anthology, a broad array of writers. ..examine various aspects of why and how we wait. "

- Quill & Quire

"There’s plenty to debate here. .. These are just a few of the kinds of waiting essayed here, and they are all very much worth reading. " Saskatoon StarPhoenix, January 26, 2019 [Full review at https://thestarphoenix. com/entertainment/books/book-reviews-the-literary-history-of-saskatchewan-vol-3-waiting]

- Bill Robertson

"Waiting is a universal phenomenon, and in this impressive collection editors Rona Altrows and Julie Sedivy curate a variety of nuanced and distilled personal essays from 32 writers exploring the liminal experiences of people waiting for results, news, change, release or understanding"

- Jannie Edwards

# 2 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, October 19, 2018