Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female
June 14, 2022
218 PAGES | ISBN 978-1-989496-53-4
In this wide-ranging collection of essays Tanis MacDonald walks the reader down many paths, pointing out the sights, exclaiming over birds, sharing stories and asking questions about just who gets to walk freely through our cities, parks and wilderness. Deer move mysteriously through these essays, knowing just when they vanish from sight, as do predators, both human and animal. She walks to begin to understand the place she now calls home in Southern Ontario, catalogues the fauna around her in FaunaWatch and continues walking through illness. From a child spotting a snowy owl on her way to school in Winnipeg, to a young woman watching her own distinctive walk be imitated in an acting class, to a worried daughter helping her mother relearn how to walk after a bad fall on a busy road, MacDonald shares how walking has shaped her life and the lives of many others. Wry, smart, political and lyrical, these essays share the joy of walking as well its danger and uncovers the promise it offers – of healing, of companionship and of understanding.
Kim Fahner : Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female, by Tanis MacDonald (Kim Fahner, periodicities, 02/08/2022)
"So much of what Tanis MacDonald’s Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female does is make a reader think about how identity, personal agency, self-reflection, oppression, gender, violence, equity, diversity, and colonization can all be tied to the physical act of women walking, speaking, and taking up their rightful space."
Step by step (Gail Perry, Winnipeg Free Press, 25/06/2022)
"This contemplative rendition on walking stands apart from what has come before it — books on fitness, pilgrimage, adventure. It is about walking the best one can in the circumstances. It is relatable and triumphant."
Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female (Stacey May Fowles, Quill & Quire, June 2022)
"Bringing her keen poet’s eye to the essay form, her approach is lyrical and wide-ranging, examining the privileges and exclusions of the simple stroll, and asks us to consider who gets to navigate the world freely and who does not."
E295 with TANIS MACDONALD (Jamie Tennant, Get Lit, 14/07/2022)
Jamie Tennant is joined by author Tanis MacDonald to discuss her collection of essays, Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female.
"An Act of Freedom and a Precarious Practice" Tanis MacDonald on the Politics and Culture of Taking a Walk (Tanis MacDonald, Open Book, 13/07/2022)
"There are a lot of books written about walking, but I wanted to zero in on the paradox of walking as an act of freedom and walking as a precarious practice for women and other people whose safety is sometimes threatened. "
Pedestrian Crossing: Recommended Reads About Walking (Tanis MacDonald, 49th Shelf, 23/06/2022)
Tanis puts together a recommended reading list.
Tanis MacDonald (Eden Mills Writers Festival, 28/06/2022)
"I hope that readers begin to challenge their assumptions about the spaces they pass through and how they do it: who is allowed, who is safe, and who might be 'locomoting' differently than themselves."
Episode 5 | Tanis MacDonald (Claire Tacon, Parallel Careers, 27/05/2022)
Tanis MacDonald encourages us to challenge the voices in the canon that do not satisfy, and examines her changing relationship with both walking and art.
Walking, talking and the spectre of stalking (Tanis MacDonald, Winnipeg Free Press, 18/06/2022)
Tanis shares an excerpt of her new book.
Most Anticipated: Our Spring 2022 Nonfiction Preview (49th Shelf, 14/02/2022)
Tanis's new book makes this list of the 49th Shelf's most anticipated non-fiction!
39 works of Canadian nonfiction to watch for in spring 2022 (CBC Books, 19/01/2022)
Tanis's book makes this list of works of non-fiction to watch for in Spring 2022!