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Midlife is a collection of works about reaching middle age in 2021, by 27 friends who met at the Gateway, the University of Alberta's student newspaper. Sharp, funny, and moving, the book shares uniquely Canadian reflections on careers, paths not taken, family lives, and more.

Editors Sarah Chan and Jhenifer Pabillano brought together this crew of 27 writers and creators from the late 1990s/early 2000s (13 women, 14 men), to explore how navigating midlife in 2021 isn’t as straightforward as anyone imagined.

The book consists of five sections. Growth includes works on self-discovery, relationships, and careers that delve into the truths we have come to accept about ourselves (at least as far as we can tell right now.) Paths includes explorations of work life, health, and ambition. Dive into the questions of, where am I going? What path did my life take, and where can it go from here? Illusion deals with revelations from unexpected (and “expected”) life experiences. What did I believe when I was younger? What do I know now? Time includes reflections on the movement of time in our lives, from the loss of the VHS video format, to questions about death and aging. What are we bearing witness to? How are we changed? Plus don’t tell anyone: there’s a secret section in the middle of the book!

The limited edition Midlife printed book is a stately green cloth hardcover with a cover illustration in gold foil, on 140 cream-coloured pages. The illustration is an original by Montreal-based illustrator Raymond Biesinger.

Edited by Sarah Chan and Jhenifer Pabillano

8.75 x 5.95 x 0.75"

144 pages

Hardcover foil stamped cloth bound book

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