Poignantly capturing the sorrow and torment of the dispossessed, this collection of stories focuses on the contemporary experiences of urban dwellers longing for a place to call home. Private lives and intimate pains are made public, and the rawness of the moment is redeemed by the elegance of Clarke's prose and the innate sympathy of his eye.
About the authors
Culminating with the international success of The Polished Hoe in 2002, Austin Clarke has published ten novels, six short story collections, and three memoirs in the United States, England, Canada, Australia, and Holland. Storm of Fortune, the second novel in his Toronto Trilogy about the lives of Barbadian immigrants, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in 1973. The Origin of Waves won the Rogers Communications Writers’ Development Trust Prize for Fiction in 1997. In 1999, his ninth novel,The Question, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. In 2003 he had a private audience with Queen Elisabeth in honour of his Commonwealth Prize for his tenth novel, The Polished Hoe. In 1992 Austin Clarke was honored with a Toronto Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, and in 1997, Frontier College granted him a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1998 he was invested with the Order of Canada, and he has received four honorary doctorates. In 1999 he received the Martin Luther King Junior Award for Excellence in Writing.
Dionne Brand is internationally known for her poetry, fiction, and essays. She has received many awards, notably the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Trillium Award (Land to Light On), 1997), the Pat Lowther Award (Thirsty, 2005), the City of Toronto Book Award (What We All Long For, 2006), and the Harbourfront Festival Award (2006), given in recognition of her substantial contribution to literature. She is a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
Leslie C. Sanders is a professor at York University, where she teaches African American and Black Canadian literature. She is the author of The Development of Black Theatre in America, the editor of two volumes of Langston Hughes’s performance works, and a general editor of the Collected Works of Langston Hughes. She has written essays on African American and Black Canadian literature.
"[Austin Clarke] is one of the two or three most talented writers in North America." ?Norman Mailer
Other titles by Austin Clarke
When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks
In Your Crib
The Austin Clarke Library
The Polished Hoe / Choosing His Coffin
Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack
Where The Sun Shines Best
Collected Poems: Austin Clarke
There Are No Elders
Love and Sweet Food
A Culinary Memoir
Other titles by Dionne Brand
Laurier Poetry Pack #5
An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading
What We All Long For / Love Enough
Two Toronto Novels
Laurier Poetry Pack #4
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Bread Out of Stone
Recollections, Sex, Recognitions, Race, Dreaming, Politics
Unpublished City, The
The Blue Clerk
Ars Poetica in 59 Versos
Writers on Writing in Canada
The Unpublished City