Portraits of Canadian Writers

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The Porcupine's Quill, Nov 8, 2016 - Photography - 208 pages
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Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Ray Robertson, Bronwen Wallace—these are just a few authors whose unforgettable words have made them icons of Canadian literary expression. In Portraits of Canadian Writers, Bruce Meyer presents his own personal experience of these and many more seminal Canadian authors, sharing their portraits alongside amusing anecdotes that reveal personality, creativity, and humour.

Meyer’s snapshots, both visual and textual, reveal far more than just physical appearance. He captures tantalizing glimpses into the creative lives of writers, from contextual information of place and time to more intangible details that reveal persona, personality and sources of imaginative inspiration. Through these portraits, Meyer has amassed a visual archive of CanLit that illustrates and celebrates an unparalleled generation of Canadian authorship.

 

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Milton Acorn
23
Milton Acorn
25
Margaret Atwood
27
Margaret Avison
29
Earle Birney
31
Neil Bissoondath
33
Roo Borson
35
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
63
Jedery Donaldson
64
David Donnell
67
George Ellenbogen
69
Cary Fagan
71
Timothy Findley
73
Kate Marshall Flaherty Eric Folsom Northrop Frye George Galt Marty Gervais
132
Alistair MacLeod
134

George Bowering
37
Brandt
39
Barry Callaghan
41
Colin Carberry
43
Austin Clarke
45
George Elliott Clarke
47
James Clarke
49
Leonard Cohen
51
Leonard Cohen
53
Leonard Cohen
55
Lorna Crozier
57
James Deahl
59
Barry Dempster
61
Michael Mirolla
140
John Newlove
146
Graeme Gibson Catherine Graham James Grainger Richard Greene Ralph Gustafson Richard Harrison Bill Humber Bruce Hunter Laurence Hutchman...
150
Catherine Owen
152
Max Layton
158
Ross Leckie
166
Leon Rooke
170
Elizabeth Smart
176
Carole Leckner Dennis Lee John B Lee Norma West Linder Dorothy Livesay
180
Ania Szado
182
Robert Weaver
192
Acknowledgements
202
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Bruce Meyer has spent most of his life in an on-going conversation with Canadian literature and Canadian letters. Known across Canada for his broadcasts on the CBC with Michael Enright on The Great Books, A Novel Idea, and Great Poetry: Poetry is Life and Vice Versa, Meyer is author of 49 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism and pedagogy. With Brian O’Riordan he produced two books interviews with Canadian authors: In Their Words (1985) and Lives and Works (1991). As a poet, he won the E.J. Pratt Gold Medal twice, the Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize for Poetry, and the IP Prize in the United States, and was runner-up for the Indie Fab Award, and the Cogswell Prize. Among his poetry books are To Linares (2016), The Seasons (from Porcupine’s Quill, 2014), The Madness of Planets (2015), The Arrow of Time (2015), Testing the Elements (2014), The Obsession Book of Timbuktu (2013), A Book of Bread (2012), Mesopotamia (2010), Dog Days (2010) and with H. Masud Taj Alphabestiary (2012). His 2000 book on the Great Books, The Golden Thread, was a national bestseller, and was followed by Heroes (2007). With Barry Callaghan he was co-editor of the landmark anthology, We Wasn’t Pals: Canadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War (2000, 2014), and with Carolyn Meyer was co-editor of the groundbreaking anthology The White Collar Book (2011). Meyer is professor of Creative Writing and Communications at Georgian College in Barrie, and an Associate at Victoria College in the University of Toronto where he teaches in the prestigious Vic One Program. He was the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie, and lives there with his wife, Kerry and daughter Katie.

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