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Suite emotion

AGONY EDITOR

Dear Agony Editor,

I’m undertaking a cross-Canada tour of literary festivals this fall. The last time I did this, I’d unwind in the evenings at the author hospitality suite. Given the one-upmanship, jealousies, bitterness, alcohol abuse, and sexual harassment I witnessed, I started calling it the “hostility suite.” I’m thinking of being a wallflower on my upcoming tour and staying in my hotel room. Is it okay to avoid my kind?

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