Canadian authors are well represented in a book of fictional love letters, titled Four Letter Word, which is being published by Knopf Canada in 2008. Prior to its release, Times Online is inviting readers to sign up for free excerpts, which will be sent to their inboxes beginning Oct. 29, by contributors such as Margaret Atwood and Leonard Cohen.
In the meantime, lonely hearts may find some consolation from a similar series of love letters published in The Walrus in 2005, which also featured contributions by Atwood and Cohen, as well as David Bezmozgis, Sheila Heti, M.G. Vassanji, and Jonathan Lethem.
That earlier series varied widely in terms of tone and delivery “ from bald lasciviousness (Cohen: When I caught her in the flesh / And floated on her hips¦), to squalid romanticism (Bezmozgis: My love has brought neither of us any happiness), to outright weirdness (Lethem’s entry is addressed to and from inanimate objects) “ but remained consistently G-rated. Times readers might be in for something a little racier: the promotion is prohibited to minors under the age of 18.