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From Mushkegowuk to New Orleans: A Mixed Blood Highway

From Mushkegowuk to New Orleans: A Mixed Blood Highway

JosephBoydenCover-thumb 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.

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

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

Johnstoncover-thumb Author: Wayne Johnston
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.

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 Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling

Robinson-bookEden Robinson’s March 2010 lecture is now available, with Introduction by Paula Simons. “I was born on the same day as Edgar Allan Poe and Dolly Parton: January 19. I am absolutely certain that this affects my writing in some way.” — Eden Robinson
Author: Eden Robinson
Publishers: co-published by the University of Alberta Press Press and the Canadian Literature Centre
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-88864-559-3
Format: Trade paperback
Genre: Canadian Literature/Essay
About the book: In March 2010 the Canadian Literature Centre hosted award-winning novelist and storyteller Eden Robinson at the 4th annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. Robinson shared an intimate look into the intricacies of family, culture, and place through her talk, “The Sasquatch at Home.” Robinson’s disarming honesty and wry irony shine through her depictions of her and her mother’s trip to Graceland, the potlatch where she and her sister received their Indian names, how her parents first met in Bella Bella (Waglisla, British Columbia) and a wilderness outing where she and her father try to get a look at b’gwus, the Sasquatch. Readers of memoir, Canadian literature, Aboriginal history and culture, and fans of Robinson’s delightful, poignant, sometimes quirky tales will love The Sasquatch at Home

Imagining Ancient Women

Imagining Ancient Women

Lyon-cover-thumb Annabel Lyon’s March 2011 lecture is now available, with Introduction by Curtis Gillespie.
Author: Annabel Lyon
Publishers: co-published by the University of Alberta Press and the Canadian Literature Centre
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-88864-629-3
Format: Trade paperback
Genre: Literature/Essay
About the book: In March 2011 the Canadian Literature Centre hosted award-winning novelist Annabel Lyon at the 5th annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. Annabel Lyon’s passion for historical novels and her love of ancient Greece make her lecture on the process of creating characters of historical fiction captivating. She discusses the process of wading through historical sources – and avoiding myriad pitfalls – to craft believable people to whom readers can relate. Finding familiarity with figures from the past and then, with the help of hindsight, discovering their secrets, are the foremost tools of the historical novel writer. Readers interested in the literary creative process and in writing or reading historical fiction will find Lyon’s comments insightful and intriguing.
About the author: Annabel Lyon, a Vancouver-based fiction writer and teacher, is the author of several books, including her acclaimed historical novel, The Golden Mean.

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Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book

DearSirlargeLawrence Hill’s April 2012 lecture is now available, with Introduction by Ted Bishop.
Publishers: co-published by the University of Alberta Press and the Canadian Literature Centre
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-88864-679-8
Format: Trade paperback
Genre: Canadian Literature/Essay
About the book: In 2011, Canadian writer Lawrence Hill received an email from a man in the Netherlands stating that he intended to burn The Book of Negroes, Hill’s internationally acclaimed novel. Soon, the threat was international news, affecting Hill’s publishers and readers. In this provocative essay, Hill shares his private response to that moment and the controversy that followed, examining his reaction to the threat, while attempting to come to terms with the book burner’s motives and complaints. Drawing on other instances of book banning and burning, Hill maintains that censorship is still alive and well, even in this age of access to information. All who are interested in literature, freedom of expression and human rights will appreciate this passionate defence of the freedom to read and write.

Spring 2013 Issue

Sixth issue now available!

EB6ThumbThe brainchild of two renowned local authors, Curtis Gillespie and Lynn Coady, is aimed at readers of The New Yorker and Granta, and is described by Edmonton Journal Books Editor Richard Helm as “a gathering of ideas from writers who think, and thinkers who write”. As a quarterly, Helm predicts that it will be “something to hope for every three months.” Read more herehere and here.
The fourth issue features the talents of Linden McIntyre, Timothy Taylor, Jonathan Garfinkel, and many more.
Read the U of A ExpressNews article by Michael Davies-Venn: Connecting Canada’s Cultural Landscape. Or download the article in pdf: Connecting Canada’s Cultural Landscape.

Winter 2013 Issue

Seventh issue now available!

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Esi Edugyan Nouvelle parution – La publication de la conférence Kreisel de Esi Edugyan est désormais disponible aux Presses de l’Université de l’Alberta.

Nouvelle parution

La publication de la conférence Kreisel de Esi Edugyan est désormais disponible aux Presses de l’Université de l’Alberta.

Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home

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Esi Edugyans 2013 Kreisel lecture is now available, with Introduction by Marina Endicott.

Author: Esi Edugyan

Publishers: co-published by the University of Alberta Press and the Canadian Literature Centre

Price: $10.95

ISBN: 978-0-88864-821-178-0-88864-821-1

Format: Trade paperback

Genre: Literature/Essay

About the book: Home, for me, was not a birthright, but an invention.… It seems to me when we speak of home we are speaking of several things, often at once, muddled together into an uneasy stew. We say home and mean origins, we say home and mean belonging. These are two different things: where we come from, and where we are. Writing about belonging is not a simple task. Esi Edugyan chooses to intertwine fact and fiction, objective and subjective in an effort to find out if one can belong to more than one place, if home is just a place or if it can be an idea, a person, a memory, or a dream. How “home” changes, how it changes us, and how every farewell carries the promise of a return. Readers of Canadian literature, armchair travellers, and all citizens of the global village will enjoy her explorations and reflections, as we follow her from Ghana to Germany, from Toronto to Budapest, from Paris to New York.

About the author: Esi Edugyan’s most recent novel, Half Blood Blues won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2012 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. It also won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, which recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. The novel was a finalist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, the 2012 Orange Prize, the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and the 2011 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally to critical acclaim. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003. Edugyan has held fellowships in the U.S., Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain and Belgium. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and daughter.

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