Collection contains two folders containing correspondence between Ann Beattie and Greg Gatenby between 1984-2005. The letters are both personal and professional in nature, as their writers discuss writing, the Harbourfront Reading Series and Festival (mentioning authors in attendance such as Margaret Atwood and J.K. Rowling), and their personal lives. It is clear from the letters that the two are friends. Most of the letters are typed (some are print-outs of emails), and Gatenby and Beattie also exchange photocopies of articles and typescripts of their own writing. Folder 1 contains letters primarily from Gatenby, while Folder 2 contains letters primarily from Beattie.
Anne Beattie (1947-) is an American novelist and short story writer. She was born September 8, 1947, in Washington D.C. She holds an undergraduate degree from American University and a master's degree from the University of Connecticut. She published her first book of short stories, Distortions, and her first novel, Chilly Scenes of Winter. Beattie's writing is typically noted for its dry irony, which chronicles the disillusionments of the upper-middle-class generation that grew up in the 1960's. Beattie has taught at Harvard College, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Virginia. She has won an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the short story form. Beattie is married to painter Lincoln Perry.
Greg Gatenby (1950-) has been the Artistic Director of the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront in Toronto since 1975. Gatenby is the author of Whales: A Celebration, The Wild is Here, and The Very Richness of that Past.
Letters in the collection are arranged by sender, and are arranged chronologically.