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Jane Silcott


Jane Silcott is an award-winning writer and teacher. Her debut collection of personal essays, Everything Rustles, published last spring by Anvil Press, was a finalist for the Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize. She lives in Vancouver. 

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Jane Silcott explores the ideas of beauty and mimicry both in theory and in the wilds of a motel complex. more

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One instinctive action saves a life in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. more

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His look is self-concious, but well done. more

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At first no one notices when the dog rushes your daughter as if she’s some kind of game and your daughter runs as if it’s some kind of chase. more

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I don’t take public transit very often, which is a failing—not just environmentally, but also personally, because sometimes that forced contact with the rest of the populated world can be profound. In Japan, many years ago, I was trapped in the small space between train cars by a crowd of schoolboys; my claustrophobia reached such a level that one leg began to judder up and down like the needle on a sewing machine, and the only thing that prevented me from climbing out over the tops of my fellow passengers’ heads was the gaze of a man about a foot away who conveyed calm to me by keeping his eyes trained on mine. more

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