Producing Canadian Literature
Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace
Publication Year: 2013
Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace brings to light the relationship between writers in Canada and the marketplace within which their work circulates. Through a series of conversations with both established and younger writers from across the country, Kit Dobson and Smaro Kamboureli investigate how writers perceive their relationship to the cultural economy—and what that economy means for their creative processes.
The interviews in Producing Canadian Literature focus, in particular, on how writers interact with the cultural institutions and bodies that surround them. Conversations pursue the impacts of arts funding on writers; show how agents, editors, and publishers affect writers’ works; examine the process of actually selling a book, both in Canada and abroad; and contemplate what literary awards mean to writers. Dialogues with Christian Bök, George Elliott Clarke, Daniel Heath Justice, Larissa Lai, Stephen Henighan, Erín Moure, Ashok Mathur, Lee Maracle, Jane Urquhart, and Aritha van Herk testify to the broad range of experience that writers in Canada have when it comes to the conditions in which their work is produced.
Original in its desire to directly explore the specific circumstances in which writers work—and how those conditions affect their writing itself—Producing Canadian Literature will be of interest to scholars, students, aspiring writers, and readers who have followed these authors and want to know more about how their books come into being.
Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Foreword: Producing a Globalized Canadian Literature and Its Communities
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The small modernist library in New Westminster, B.C., opened in the year that I was born. Its architecture, a modest variation on the International Style, and its open floorplan with a mezzanine, reflected the way in which culture was being brought into the Canadian public sphere, and signalled the centrality of print culture within the shaping of a national imagination. Around the centenary of ...
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...Killam Trusts Postdoctoral Fellowship that he held at Dalhousie University; an Internal Research Grant that he received from Mount Royal University; the Canada Council that brought some of the authors interviewed to the TransCanada Institute; and the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canada Research Chairs Program that have allowed Smaro to create the TransCanada Institute at...
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What does it take to produce literature in Canada? The interviews collected in Producing Canadian Literature are designed to increase the depth and visibility of the ongoing conversations about what it means to write in Canada, and, specifi-cally, how writers go about doing so. These dialogues will be of interest to readers of Canadian literature, to aspiring, emerging, or established writers, as well as ...
1. Too Bloody-Minded to Give Up: Interview with Christian Bök
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Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (1994), a ’pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature that won the Griffin Prize. Bök has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry (particularly the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters). ...
2. The Politics of Our Work: Interview with Ashok Mathur
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Ashok Mathur is a novelist, artist, and cultural organizer whose work focuses on issues such as diasporic identity, cultural politics, and creative responses to reconciliation in regional, national, and global contexts. His first book, Loveruage (1993), was followed by the novels Once Upon an Elephant (1998) and The Short, Happy Life of Harry Kumar (2001). His ...
3. Change the Way Canada Sees Us: Interview with Lee Maracle
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Lee Maracle is the author of a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning fictional works, including Ravensong (1993), Sojourners & Sundogs (2002), Bent Box (2000), Will’s Garden (2002), and Daughters Are Forever (2002), and co-editor of a number of anthologies. Maracle currently teaches at the University of Toronto and the Centre for ...
4. A Very, Very Uncertain Way to Make a Living: Interview with
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Jane Urquhart was born in Little Longlac, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto. She is the author of the novels The Whirlpool (1986), which received the Best Foreign Book Award in France; Changing Heaven (1990); Away (1993), winner of the Trillium Award; The Underpainter (1997), winner of the Governor General’s Award; The Stone Carvers ...
5. To Hear This Different Story: Interview with Daniel Heath Justice
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Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He is the chair of the First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia and previously worked at the University of Toronto. In addition to various essays in journals and edited collections, Daniel is author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: ...
6. Crossing Borders with Our Work: Interview with Erín Moure
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Erín Moure is a Montreal poet who writes in English, but multilingually. In her recent O Resplandor (2010) and—with Oana Avasilichioaei—Expeditions of a Chimæra (2009), her poetry is hybrid, and emerges in translation and collaboration. Moure also translates poetry from French, Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish. Her essays, My Beloved ...
7. No Reason to Fool Yourself: Interview with Aritha van Herk
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Aritha van Herk is the author of Judith (1978), The Tent Peg (1981),No Fixed Address (1986), Places Far from Ellesmere (a geografictione; 1990), and Restlessness (1998). Her wide-ranging critical work is collected in A Frozen Tongue (1992) and In Visible Ink (1991). Her irreverent history of Alberta, Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta (2001), ...
8. Literature Survives through Its Variety: Interview with Stephen Henighan
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Stephen Henighan is the author of ten books, including the novels The Places Where Names Vanish (1998) and The Streets of Winter (2004), the short-story collections North of Tourism (1999) and A Grave in the Air(2007), and the essay collections When Words Deny the World (2002) and A Report on the Afterlife of Culture (2008). Henighan’s journalism appears ...
9. Under Conditions of Restraint: Interview with Larissa Lai
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Larissa Lai is an Assistant Professor in Canadian Literature at the University of British Columbia. Her first novel, When Fox Is a Thousand (1995), was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her second novel, Salt Fish Girl (2002), was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, the Tiptree Award, and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award. In 2009, she published ...
10. A Book of Poetry in the Mix: Interview with George Elliott Clarke
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Born in African Nova Scotia (Africadia) in 1960, George Elliott Clarke is a poet, novelist, librettist, Officer of the Order of Canada, and recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia. As a scholar, he helped to initiate the study of African-Canadian literature, publishing Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (2002). His honours include the Governor General’s ...
Appendix: Timeline of Canadian Cultural Bodies
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Page Count: 220
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: TransCanada