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Un art de vivre par temps de catastrophe

Dany Laferrière
Dany Laferrière’s March 2009 lecture, I Write as I Live. Introduction and Foreword are in both French and English.

“L’interrogation n’a pas changé à 56 ans: pourquoi ne profite-t-on pas de tout ce qui nous arrive pour changer notre vie?” – Dany Laferrière

Author: Dany Laferrière

Publishers: co-published by the University of Alberta Press and the Canadian Literature Centre | Centre de littérature canadienne

Price: $10.95

ISBN: 978-0-88864-553-1

Pages: 52 pages

Format: Trade paperback

Genre: Canadian Literature/Essay

About the book: On March 5, 2009, The University of Alberta’s Canadian Literature Centre hosted award-winning author Dany Laferrière for its annual flagship Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture. The University of Alberta Press and The Canadian Literature Centre are proud to publish the French monograph that Laferrière’s presentation was based on.

About the author: Unconventional, controversial, prolific and immensely talented, Dany Laferrière was born in Haïti and adopted Québec as his new home. He achieved critical fame with his first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired. With humour and clarity, his work examines Haitian, Quebec and North American society and inter-racial relationships.

The Old Lost Land of Newfoundland: Memory, Family, Fiction, and Myth

The Old Lost Land of Newfoundland: Memory, Family, Fiction, and Myth

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Publishers: co-published by NeWest Press and the Canadian Literature Centre | Centre de littérature canadienne

Price: $8.95

ISBN 13: 978-1-897126-35-6

Released: March 2009

Pages: 48 pages

Format: Trade paperback

Genre: Non-Fiction/Lecture

About the book: In 2008 Wayne Johnston became the second prominent Canadian writer to enlighten and entertain audiences as a speaker in the Canadian Literature Centre’s Henry Kreisel Lecture Series. He spoke to an enthusiastic audience at the University of Alberta about the myths and realities surrounding his native Newfoundland. A master storyteller, Johnston peppered the lecture with impromptu asides, delighting his listeners with true tales and well-spun yarns.

About the author: Wayne Johnston was born and raised in Goulds, Newfoundland. He obtained a BA in English from Memorial University and worked as a reporter for the St. John’s Daily News before deciding to devote himself full-time to creative writing. Since then Johnston has written seven books and has been a contributing editor for The Walrus. His first book, The Story of Bobby O’Malley, won the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Baltimore’s Mansion, a memoir dealing with his grandfather, his father, and himself, was tremendously well-received and won the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. His novels The colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Navigator of New York spent extended periods of time on bestseller lists in Canada and have been published in the US, Britain, Germany, Holland, China and Spain. Colony was also identified by The Globe and Mail as one of the 100 most important Canadian books ever produced. Johnston divides his time between Toronto and Roanoke, Virginia, where he has held the Distinguished Chair in Creative Writing at Hollins University since 2004.

From Mushkegowuk to New Orleans: A Mixed Blood Highway

From Mushkegowuk to New Orleans:
A Mixed Blood Highway

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Author: Joseph Boyden

Publishers: co-published by NeWest Press and the Canadian Literature Centre | Centre de littérature canadienne

Price: 9.95 CDN/US

ISBN 13: 978-1-897126-29-5

Released: March 2008

Pages: 48 pages

Format: Trade paperback

Genre: Non-Fiction/Lecture

About the book: In 2007 Joseph Boyden, author of the bestselling novel Three Day Road, was invited by the Canadian Literature Centre | Centre de littérature canadienne to deliver the inaugural Henry Kreisel Lecture at the University of Alberta. Boyden spoke passionately, relating Aboriginal people in Canada to poor African Americans, Whites, and Hispanics in post-Katrina New Orleans. At the end of his lecture he presented a manifesto to the audience, demanding independence from the shackles of North American governments on behalf of these oppressed cultures. The lecture was received with much acclaim and enthusiasm.

About the author: Joseph Boyden is a member of the Ontario Woodland Métis. His first collection of stories, Born With A Tooth, was shortlisted for the Upper Canada Writers’ Craft Award and has been published in Canada and France. His debut novel, Three Day Road, is an international bestseller and has been published in thirteen languages. The first novel to be translated into Cree, it has received numerous awards in Canada and abroad, including the Roger’s Writers’ Trust Prize. Joseph splits his time between Moosonee (or James Bay Lowlands) and New Orleans. He and his wife, novelist Amanda Boyden, are both currently writers-in-residence at the University of New Orleans.