An evocative and insightful essay collection, Bread Out of Stone brings Dionne Brand’s signature unflinching eye and personal history to issues of sex, sexism and sexual autonomy; politics, community and the centrality of whiteness in Canadian culture; diaspora and immigration; violence and stereotypes; racial imagination; and music, art, literature and freedom.
First published in 1998, this edition includes a new introduction from the critically acclaimed writer. These prescient essays, whose bearing still have a tight grip in contemporary culture, offer commentary and criticism in Brand’s uniquely poetic and unimpeachable way.
DIONNE BRAND’s literary credentials are legion. Her book of poetry, Ossuaries, won the Griffin Poetry Prize; her nine other volumes of poetry include winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her novel In Another Place, Not Here was selected as a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book by the Globe and Mail; At the Full and Change of the Moon was selected a Best Book by the Los Angeles Times and What We All Long For won the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, Brand was awarded the prestigious Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing, and was Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. In 2017, she was inducted to the Order of Canada. Brand is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.
"Brand…is one of the freshest, fiercest boices in Canadian letters." — Edmonton Journal
"Dionne Brand has distinguished herself in Canada and abroad as poet, fiction writer and oral historian. In this collection she can be seen as a cultural critic of uncompromising courage, an artist in language and ideas, and intellectual conscience for her country." — Adrienne Rich