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The West Coast Book Prize Society is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2012 BC Book Prizes. Congratulations to the authors, illustrators and publishers! The winner of the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence will be announced at the BC Book Prize Soirée in April. http://www.bcbookprizes.ca/winners/2012More Info
The concept of father memoirs is a fascinating one. Confronting fathers directly and publicly is not, and never has been, easy: the patriarch should judge and not be judged. To write about the father is to sit in judgement upon him, and for most cultures this was a taboo too strong to be overcome. The Greeks, despite their searingly perceptive stories about father child interactions, did not attempt to do so—nor did the Romans, the Italians of the Renaissance, the Elizabethans, or even the Romantics. Paradoxically--but not surprisingly, given the rigid paternalism of the age and the attendant psychological pressures--personal father writing, like radical feminism, is a product of the Victorian era. In 1907, six years after the death of Queen Victoria, Edmund Gosse published Father and Son. Once the taboo was broken, writers were quick to take advantage of the new possibilities. The 20th century saw a steady increase in the number of father memoirs, and, now that the boomers are aging and seeking to immortalize themselves, such memoirs are becoming as ubiquitous as tattoos. And, as with tattoos, some are visceral works of art. The books below give an idea of how poignant, rich and rewarding father memoirs can be.More Info