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Still a young woman, Heidi Sopinka has worked as a bush cook in the Yukon, a travel writer in Southeast Asia, a helicopter pilot, a magazine editor, and the co-designer of Horses Atelier, a beautiful everyday women’s clothing brand. 

In her well-written insightful novel, Dictionary of Animal Languages, Heidi tackles the big questions of life. “I wanted to swing into the viewpoint of a woman who has lived a long complicated life, deeply occupied by her work…Weirdly, the closer I delved into the closed-in days of looming death, the more I learned about living.” 

Working on her novel, Heidi discovered books written by older women. “Late works in literature and art are often more radical, mysterious, and profound…” Thank  you, Heidi, for making me aware of the following books: Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel, Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet, Elizabeth Stout’s Olive Kitteridge, Edna O’Brien’s The Little Red Chairs, Emma Hooper’s Etta and Otto and Russell and James, Diana Athill’s Stet, Louise Bourgeois’ Destruction of the Father, Agnes Martin’s Writings. Descriptions of these books can be found on Amazon. 

Heidi is a Renaissance woman – talents in so many areas. Keep your eye on her. Since I am in Toronto often, I hope to meet her in the future.