Book details

Publication date: September 2013
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Canadian Literature / Essays / Poetry
Subject(s): LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian, Canadian Literature / Essays / Poetry, Canadian Literature / Essays / Poetry, Literature, Anthology
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Naomi K. Lewis. Naomi K. Lewis is the author of several books, including the award-winning story collection I Know Who You Remind Me Of and Tiny Lights for Travellers.

Rona Altrows. Rona Altrows is the author of two collections of short stories: A Run On Hose and Key in Lock. She lives in Calgary.

For people who have never thought of themselves as shy personalities, the various voices of "shyness" that richly crowd the pages of this anthology represent a chorus of eloquent witnesses to tell us that perhaps we are all shy, to one degree or another. Yet, we are left with the message that shyness may bring its own reward: that there is a creative power and amplitude in the experience of silence, reserve and solitude that shy writers know as the muteness, in the words of contributor Don McKay, "falling all around you, lavishly, pouring its heart out." Myrna Kostash


The two [editors] set about enlisting writers from across the continent to share their stories of stage fright, reticence, insecurity, 'otherness,' inconvenient blushing and, generally, the rich, sometimes painful, inner life of being a self-conscious human being.... it is a revelation to shyniks to read literature that represents the whole spectrum of shyness-from squirmy discomfort to debilitating social paralysis-and, through various voices, asks readers not just to reject and overcome but to accept and even celebrate a character trait that deserves every bit as much respect as gregariousness gets in our culture." Jacquie Moore, Calgary Herald, October 24, 2013 [full review at http://bit.ly/17TB9ze]


"In all, Lewis and Altrows received more than 100 submissions from across the country and beyond. [Shy: An Anthology] has a fine pedigree, too, with award winners like Lorna Crozier, Steven Heighton, Russell Wangersky and Weyman Chan, as well as local writers Lemay, Wade Bell and Ben Gelinas, among the dozens of contributors." Michael Hingston, The Province, November 7, 2013 [Full column athttp://bit.ly/17NDj9I]


"Shy, An Anthology battles the stigmas and assumptions that surround what it means to be shy with a collection of poems and personal essays.... Primarily, the essays recounted childhood experiences, though some did discuss shyness in adulthood. For this reason, I couldn't help but think that these stories would make powerful guest lectures at elementary or high schools.... I found [Shy] to be a worthwhile read that I would recommend to anyone who has felt some sort of philosophical compulsion to understand her or his own shyness. In many ways, Shy is a compilation of coming of age stories centred on bashful, artistic individuals. And I am thankful to them for sharing their experiences." Senica Maltese, Coastal Spectator, November 14, 2013 [Full review at http://coastalspectator.ca/?p=3094]


"The intimacy and honesty with which shyness, introversion, and attendant phobias, each different and debilitating, are revealed in Shy demonstrates unexpected bravery.... Shy readers will find kindred spirits and inspiration in the airing of emotions and attitudes normally kept locked inside. Less shy readers may come to better understand the occasionally incapacitating dread that is often mistaken for aloofness." Joy Parks, Quill & Quire, December 2013


#8 on the Calgary Herald's Bestsellers list for the week of December 14, 2013.


"The 39 diverse Canadian contributors, successful writers all, have published their work in journals and books and have won countless awards. Some observe (as shy people do so well!) the effect shyness has on others.... However, most of this writing concerns how shyness has directly affected the writers' lives.... Obviously a topic of immense importance to the writer, either beginning or experienced, this anthology will be well received in creative writing classes as students examine what it is to be a writer, but its literary value will also draw readers and provoke re-reading and lively discussion. Highly Recommended." Joan Marshall, CM Magazine, December 20, 2013[Full article at http://umanitoba.ca/outreach/cm/vol20/no16/shy.html]


"Many writers, and readers, have been noted as shy. In a way, we're inherently introverted. Shy: An Anthology, edited by Naomi K. Lewis and Rona Altrows, is a collection of Canadian writers, poets and journalists who have been labelled shytypes, own it and, in their own way, examine all shades of bashfulness.... This is a collection that celebrates all emotional ranges, experiences, and creative incantations of shyness. It's a quiet comforting read for us modest types." Shannon Webb-Campbell, Telegraph-Journal, December 21, 2013


"During her time as Writer in Residence at the Calgary Public Library, Naomi K. Lewis and her co-editor, Rona Altrows, edited this compelling anthology of poetry and short articles and fiction centred on the topic of shyness. The 39 diverse Canadian contributors, successful writers all, have published their work in journals and books and have won countless awards.... Obviously a topic of immense importance to the writer, either beginning or experienced, this anthology will be well received in creative writing classes as students examine what it is to be a writer, but its literary value will also draw readers and provoke re-reading and lively discussion. Highly Recommended." Joan Marshall, CM Magazine, December 20, 2013 [Full review at http://umanitoba.ca/cm/vol20/no16/shy.html]


"Shyniks they may be, but these editors demonstrate through their own writings, and in their selection of poems and essays, that shy is not mute and does not mumble either.... This collection sings bravely of the hurts, the humour and above all the humanity of the shy life. Those who flail alone in shyness's constraints may find comfort in the experience of fellow faint-hearts; may pick up useful coping tips or life lessons. And those breezy souls who despair of tongue-tied hangers-back? Perhaps even they will gain some understanding." Rhona McAdam, Alberta Views, January/February 2014


"This anthology has some of everything. It’s an in-depth examination of all facets of shy. And the ultimate answer is that shy is different for everyone. We can wobble on the edge of shy, think we’re okay for a while and then when we least expect it, shy claws its way to the surface. From the first page to the last, I would bet, upon reading this fabulous collection, everyone will discover a little of themselves in every piece." Freefall Magazine, Volume XXIV Number 3

Robin van Eck, Freefall Magazine


"This anthology has something of everything. It's an in-depth examination of all facets of shy. And the ultimate answer is that shy is different for everyone. We can wobble on the edge of shy, think we're okay for awhile and then when we least expect it, shy claws it's way to the surface. From the first page to the last, I would bet, upon reading this fabulous collection, everyone will discover a little of themselves in every piece."

Robin van Eck, FreeFall Magazine


"There can be no doubt that shyness cuts a broad landscape. It's a land of hesitation, mumbled excuses, occasionally even out-and-out lies--cases of faked flu, unexplained no-shows, hiding out in washroom stalls... Reading this book feels like meeting a bunch of people who know some of the thoughts inside of your head. Maybe like finally finding that long-lost branch of family you always hoped for".

Heidi Greco, subTerrain


Independent Publisher Book Awards, Anthology, United States
Runner-up
2014
xi Foreword
NAOMI K. LEWIS & RONA ALTROWS
xiii Acknowledgements
1 Sometimes a Voice (2)
DON MCKAY
2 Silentium
STEVEN HEIGHTON
3 On Shyness and Stuttering
ELIZABETH HAYNES
11 The Shy
DAVID VAN BUREN
12 I Couldn’t Reveal
ELAINE WOO
13 Say Water
NAOMI K . LEWIS
27 affect Thrum
NATALIE SIMPSON
28 that animal
WEYMAN CHAN
29 Creepmouse Manifesto
SYLVIA STOPFORTH
35 Fisher Woman
VIVIAN HANSEN
36 The Culture of Shyness
ALEX BOYD
37 Under the I
DHANA MUSIL
42 High School Shyku
LORI D . ROADHOUSE
43 Young Expressions
EVE S. KRAKOW
56 My Dear X
ELIZABETH ZOTOVA
59 Change Room
BRUCE MEYER
60 Cloak of Invisibility
MADELAINE WONG
65 Shy and I
SYDNEY SHARPE
67 Shades and Shyness
ARITHA VAN HERK
75 Secret Self
ELIZABETH GREENE
76 Disturbing the Universe
ELIZABETH GREENE
78 On Mingling
JENNIFER HOULE
80 Good for Olivier
RONA ALTROWS
85 Insecurity
MICHELINE MAYLOR
86 How to be shy
KERRY RYAN
91 Shybrightly
SHAWNA LEMAY
98 Stage Fright
CASSY WELBURN
100 As I Stand Up Here Reading, Fear Holds My Hand
CAROL L. ACKAY
101 Are You an Introvert? Take This Simple Quiz
JANIS BUTLER HOLM
103 a more blissful orbit
STUART IAN MCKAY
104 Women Friends
BRIAN CAMPBELL
106 Shy—10 Ways
RUSSELL WANGERSKY
119 Drunk Judgement
STEVEN HEIGHTON
120 When Love Was Grey & Timid
I .B. ISKOV
121 Redder Than a Canadian Sunset
SHIRLEY LIMBE R T
127 Laundry Duty
MIKE DUGGAN
128 to the red-haired girl on eighth
WEYMAN CHAN
130 Common Loon
JEFF MILLER
138 Crosswalk
JENNIFER HOULE
139 Watching My Lover
LORNA CROZIER
141 Other People’s Agony
BEN GELINAS
151 It’s Okay that Late at Night
WADE BELL
153 Amongst the Unseen and Unheard
DEBBIE BATEMAN
163 Contributors
171 Permissions
ISBNs: 9780888646705 978-0-88864-670-5 Title: shy