SIMON & SCHUSTER CANADA  have acquired English language rights to THE LONG HELLO.                                                                                                                                    Publication date – January, 2015.  


Simon & Schuster Canada |
352 pages |
ISBN 9781476792514 |
January 2015

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PERFORMANCES: Cathie performs internationally based on text from The Long Hello, alongside actors and musicians. The Long Hello has been adapted for the stage and is being considered for production at a number of venues. 



In this shimmering jewel of a memoir, The Long Hello, author Cathie Borrie traverses rich terrain as she unearths the hidden and often painful treasures of a life well lived: the shadows and joys of childhood, the relationships that leave us both illuminated and bereft, the love, longing and loss that surge to the fore when a parent is ailing.  Memory, and the losing of it, serves as a powerful guide, and Borrie follows her mother’s eccentric and poetic lead into the past, transformed by the unexpected brilliance of the elder woman’s shifting dementia mind.  A paean of redemptive beauty, The Long Hello cherishes the bond between mothers and daughters, and creates a startling change in society’s perception of those journeying through Alzheimer’s

In choosing to write a lyrical memoir of her experiences, Cathie elected not only to explore the spiritual insight made possible by the caregiving journey, but also mined her past to weave the loss of a sibling, the impact of divorce on children, the effects of alcoholism on relationships, and the healing power of dance, into a rich narrative. Although the centre of this work is the mother-daughter relationship during the caregiving years, the many other stories (with universal appeal), set this relationship within a necessary, moving, and insightful context.







looking into your voice

This beautiful poem of a book, looking into your voice ~ the poetic and eccentric realities of alzheimer’s, is a collection of conversations (based on recordings), offering alternative and beautiful insights into the Alzheimer’s mind. Celebrating the revelatory eloquence of the altered realities of dementia, these vignettes are extracts from Cathie Borrie’s lyrical memoir, The Long Hello, which chronicles and cherishes the relationship between a mother and daughter over a seven-year period as the mother’s mind transforms and her dementia increases. The mother’s voice weaves throughout the memoir with insight, humor and an astonishing poetic sensibility, challenging the negative stereotypes pervasive in the current and often limiting geography of dementia. This book was self-published in 2010 and presented in performance at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC.


THE LONG HELLO. Publication date – January, 2015.

looking into your voice  ISBN 978-0-9813786-7-1

Currently available in paperback and ebook through iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and all Amazon sites, internationally – see below for links. Additionally, paperbacks are available for order through all retail stores, internationally.


looking into your voice is available:
KINDLE from Amazon Canada:
KINDLE from Amazon USA :
NOOK from B & N: Barnes and Noble
iTunes: ( iPad, iPhone) :
AMAZON – a list of their international sites:


To be announced.

PAPERBACK Editions: The Long Hello will be available in all retail stores, January 2015.

CANADIAN RETAIL STORES that currently stock looking into your voice:

32 Books in North Vancouver~ 604-980-9032
The Cafe for Contemporary Arts: North Vancouver, B.C.
Armchair Books: Whistler, B.C. 604-932-5557
Banyen Books: Kitsilano, Vancouver: (604) 732-7912
Hager Books: Kerrisdale, Vancouver. 604-263-9412, 2176 W 41st Ave. Vancouver. V6M 1Z1 (no web site)
The University of Saskatchewan Bookstore: (My law school alma mater!)
The University of Guelph Book Store:
Simon Fraser University, Harbour Side: (Where I went to The Writer’s Studio)