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MIDLIFE No. 2

Release Date: November 24, 2023

Midlife No. 2 is the second and final anthology of works from 27 former members of the Gateway, the student newspaper at the University of Alberta. This time you’ll find a strong focus on housing and homes, plus new works on themes of race, identity, COVID, and many journeys in between. Read the introduction, and see the contents and contributors.
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Released: April 19, 2021

Sharp, moving, and uniquely Canadian, Midlife is a book about reaching middle age in 2021, by 27 friends who met at the Gateway, the student newspaper at the University of Alberta. Read an excerpt now.

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Two books about all the wonderful, sad, scary,
and weird things that happen in midlife.

Midlife and Midlife No. 2 are the collected works of former members of the Gateway, the student newspaper at the University of Alberta. Editors Sarah Chan and Jhenifer Pabillano brought together two crews of
27 creators from the Gateway of the late 1990s/early 2000s, to explore how navigating midlife in the 2020s
isn’t as straightforward as anyone imagined. Featuring stunning cover illustrations by Raymond Biesinger.

NEWS & UPDATES

Midlife received some amazing media coverage upon launch, including an glowing review in the Edmonton Journal.

Watch the launch event for the first Midlife book on YouTube, featuring Leanne Brown, Jag Dhadli, and Don Iveson!

Did you know you can get Midlife at the Edmonton Public Library? And the Vancouver Public Library? Hit them up today!

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Carrie Doll
Former TV news journalist and founder
of Carrie Doll Consulting

A beautiful example of art imitating life. I laughed, I cried, I connected, I reflected. 27 vulnerable, powerful and beautifully written essays. This book demonstrates how our past helps shape our reality and how a ridiculously tight-time lined project can come to life, when people are willing and ready to share their story.

Todd Babiak
Award-winning storyteller
and CEO of Brand Tasmania

For me, the Gateway was a place to try things, to make terrible mistakes and lifelong friends, and I did not want my time at the newspaper—or at our university—to end. I felt similarly reading this sad, funny, wise, and beautiful book about people who seemed a lot like me, only smarter and better. Nostalgia! Pride! I did not want Midlife to end.

Brittney Le Blanc
Edmonton community builder
and digital marketer

Aging as the first generation dealing with overwhelming climate change, a greater importance on social justice, and entire life plans ripped from beneath our feet; Midlife is a powerful anthology of essays from the lives of people who in many ways are also holding up a mirror to our own experiences.

David Berry
Author of On Nostalgia;
cultural critic, journalist, and strategist

In the age of the personal essay, it’s a rare thing to find a collection of writing that feel genuinely intimate, not just-revealing-enough-to-get-you-to-subscribe intimate. This book is full of the kind of aching wisdom that can only come from aging while clever.

Sapreet Buttar
Director and journalist
for My Radio 580AM

A melting pot of experiences, personalities and perspectives… I saw a reflection of myself in each of the authors. My heart kept on desiring the emotional rollercoaster ride to keep on going.

Emma Hooper
Celebrated author, musician, and academic

Some truly moving and insightful and beautiful and, also, funny writing here—and really good for a homesickness I didn’t know I had. Is reading this something I would recommend, even to non-Gateway alumni? Yes! It is! Yes. It really is.

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