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In transmission

From military brat to acclaimed poet, Dani Couture has never lost her sense of curiosity

When Dani Couture was 10 years old, she wrote a fan letter to the novelist Sidney Sheldon. Couture, a selfdescribed “military brat”, was the child of parents in the Canadian Forces; she used to buy paperbacks at yard sales and flea markets on and off whatever base they were seconded to. Sheldon, the bestselling author of popular novels and the creator of the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, was the young Couture’s favourite writer. She posted her missive, and Sheldon wrote back. “I remember getting the letter”, Couture says. “It came in a creamy, thick envelope that had a burgundy inlay. He sent a simple card, but he was generous with his words. He wrote that a kid my age should probably not be reading his books.”

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