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Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations [Kindle Edition]

Susan Ioannou

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Book Description

Over the years, many have already delighted in Susan Ioannou’s fiction published in literary magazines. Written in a rich variety of voices, the colourful narratives aim to entertain. They begin with a little girl’s weekend in an artist’s home, then shiver from a “Giant-Lady’s” wintry farm, to summer dining in a mansion and a boy’s exotic lunches on a neighbour’s porch. A university student delights in her debonair “older man”, a corporate executive rediscovers romance, an immigrant’s daughter searches for a lost homeland, and women challenged by advancing years cope each in her unique way. Realistic, bizarre, funny, or touching, the stories in Nine to Ninety promise a potpourri of diverting reading.

Editorial Reviews


"Several of the stories by Ioannou were slightly reminiscent of the writing style of Lucy Maud Montgomery, while other stories reminded me of the British author Barbara Pym...will touch your heart."
--Canadian Book Clubs, Book Reviews Forum

"The women portrayed in this book come from different generations but the author depicts each with sensitivity....These are women with whom we want to sit down and share a cup of tea."
--Mary Barnes, Prairie Fire Review of Books

"Ioannou imparts gentle lessons in humanity in her stories, relating them with clear prose and humour...also draws our attention to assumptions individuals make about themselves and each other."
--J. Lynn Fraser, CM (Canadian Materials)

"I have read your wonderful creation Nine to Ninety. I loved how the stories display the little things in life that stay in our memories and shape us." --H. Lee, North York

"I'd like to say how much I enjoyed reading your book. I felt as if I were there myself, in each story....You're a truly gifted story teller." --T. Papoutsis, Don Mills

From the Inside Flap

"The women portrayed in this book come from different generations but the author depicts each with sensitivity....These are women with whom we want to sit down and share a cup of tea. And the tea is just fine."
--Mary Barnes, Prairie Fire Review of Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 263 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Wordwrights Canada; First Kindle eBook Edition edition (June 18, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0GHBY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Even though I have published widely in other genres, when asked what kind of writer I am, I always answer first, a poet, and a Canadian one at that. In addition to a few chapbooks, past titles include the lyric poetry collections Clarity Between Clouds and Where the Light Waits, the poetic narrative Coming Home: An Old Love Story, and Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth on geology and mining history. My short fiction has been collected into the book Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations. Also, I published two children's novels: A Real Farm Girl and the boys' adventure The Hidden Valley Mystery. For many years, I was Associate Editor of Cross-Canada Writers' Magazine, with a column on writing in every issue. My articles, particularly about the craft of writing poetry, have appeared in many Canadian journals.

Teaching has been a big part of my writing life. For more than a decade, I led the Toronto Board of Education Continuing Education Department adult Poets' Workshop, as well a giving workshops for the Ryerson University Literary Society and University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and serving as a poetry instructor in the latter's Creating Professionals residential summer course. I've even given seminars on editing poetry for the Editors' Association of Canada. What I learned through my own reading, writing, and teaching came together as the nonfiction book A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, and has since been extended into my online poetry writing course Lessons in Writing the Poem.

So, I've done a lot of writing around writing, about what it involves and ways to approach it--particularly writing poetry. Often, people have the impression that you sit down, you're inspired, and you dash off a story or article, but I find writing even a short poem a very slow and painstaking process.

Besides publication, my efforts have received some recognition in the form of awards. Finalist in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the League of Canadian Poets, and the Toronto Star writing competitions, I have also won a Norma Epstein Foundation poetry award, Media Club of Canada nonfiction Memorial Award, and the Okanagan Short Fiction Award. As a Canada Council reader, I have had the pleasure of performing my work around Toronto, as well as at its internationally recognized reading venue Harbourfront.

There is much information about me on the Web. A good starting point is the University of Toronto Library Canadian Poets site, where my page is located at


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