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Luminous Ink

Writers on Writing in Canada

edited by Tessa McWatt; Dionne Brand; Rabindranath Maharaj, contributions by Nicole Brossard; Madeleine Thien; Lawrence Hill; Nino Ricci; Heather O'Neill; Eden Robinson; Rawi Hage; Lisa Moore; Rita Wong; Hiromi Goto; George Elliott Clarke; Judith Thompson; Michael Helm; David Chariandy; Richard Van Camp; Marie-Hélène Poitras; Stephen Henighan; Greg Hollingshead; Michael Ondaatje; Lee Maracle; Camilla Gibb; Sheila Fischman; Pascale Quiviger; MG Vassanji; Margaret Atwood & Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

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Twenty-six writers in Canada were asked to contribute pieces of original work describing how they see writing today. From Atwood’s opening, through writing from Indigenous writers, the reader is given a sense of how twenty-seven of the country’s finest writers see their world today. With an introduction by the editors, Dionne Brand, Rabindranath Maharaj, and Tessa McWatt.
Contributors include:

 

Margaret Atwood
Michael Ondaatje
Madeleine Thien,
M G Vassanji,
Lawrence Hill
Pascale Quiviger
Nino Ricci
Sheila Fischman
Heather O’Neill
Camilla Gibb
Eden Robinson
Lee Maracle
Rawi Hage
Michael Helm
Lisa Moore
Rita Wong
Hiromi Goto
George Elliott Clarke
Nicole Brossard
Judith Thompson
David Chariandy
Richard Van Camp
Marie-Hélène Poitras
Stephen Henighan
Greg Hollingshead
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

About the Authors
Tessa McWatt is the author of six novels, including the Toronto Book Award and GG-nominated Dragons Cry. She lives in London, UK.
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Tessa McWatt is the author of six novels, including the Toronto Book Award and GG-nominated Dragons Cry. She lives in London, UK.
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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.
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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.
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Lawrence Hill is an award-winning novelist and memorist. The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins Canada, 2007), Hill’s most recent and successful novel, won numerous awards. He is the author of the bestselling memoir, Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada (2001). In 2013, Hill delivered the annual Massey Lecture, published by House of Anansi as Blood: The Stuff of Life.
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Lawrence Hill is an award-winning novelist and memorist. The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins Canada, 2007), Hill’s most recent and successful novel, won numerous awards. He is the author of the bestselling memoir, Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada (2001). In 2013, Hill delivered the annual Massey Lecture, published by House of Anansi as Blood: The Stuff of Life.
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HEATHER O’NEILL is a novelist, short-story writer and essayist. Her most recent bestselling novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and CBC’s Canada Reads. Her previous work, which includes Lullabies for Little CriminalsThe Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize two years in a row. She has won CBC’s Canada Reads and the Danuta Gleed Award. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there with her daughter.


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HEATHER O’NEILL is a novelist, short-story writer and essayist. Her most recent bestselling novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and CBC’s Canada Reads. Her previous work, which includes Lullabies for Little CriminalsThe Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize two years in a row. She has won CBC’s Canada Reads and the Danuta Gleed Award. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there with her daughter.


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Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including ,The Amazing Absorbing Boy, which won the Trillium and Toronto Book Awards.
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Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including ,The Amazing Absorbing Boy, which won the Trillium and Toronto Book Awards.
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LISA MOORE is the author of Degrees of Nakedness, Open, Alligator, February, Caught, Something for Everyone, and the young-adult novel Flannery. She lives in St. John’s where she is a professor of Creative Writing at Memorial University.

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Rita Wong is the author of four books of poetry: monkeypuzzle (Press Gang, 1998), forage (Nightwood Editions, 2007), sybil unrest (Line Books, 2008, with Larissa Lai) and undercurrent (Nightwood Editions, 2015). forage was the winner of the 2008 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and Canada Reads Poetry 2011. Wong is an associate professor in the Critical and Cultural Studies department at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design on the unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver.

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Hiromi Goto is the author of the story collection Hopeful Monsters (Arsenal Pulp Press) as well as the novels The Kappa Child and Chorus of Mushrooms, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for First Book (Canada-Caribbean) and co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award, and the children's book The Water of Possibility, a selection of the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Her most recent novel is a YA fantasy, Half World and she's co-written a book of poetry with David Bateman entitled Wait Until Late Afternoon. She is the 2009/10 writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta.

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GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1960. Educated at the University of Waterloo, Dalhousie, and Queen’s, Clarke is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature. A professor of English at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, UBC, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. He lives in Toronto.

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Judith Thompson is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for White Biting Dog and The Other Side of the Dark. In 2006 she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada and in 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Palace of the End. Judith is a professor of drama at the University of Guelph and lives with her husband and five children in Toronto.
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Judith Thompson is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for White Biting Dog and The Other Side of the Dark. In 2006 she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada and in 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Palace of the End. Judith is a professor of drama at the University of Guelph and lives with her husband and five children in Toronto.
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Judith Thompson is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for White Biting Dog and The Other Side of the Dark. In 2006 she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada and in 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Palace of the End. Judith is a professor of drama at the University of Guelph and lives with her husband and five children in Toronto.
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Richard Van Camp est fier de faire partie de la nation déné tlicho de Fort Smith dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest. Il est diplômé de l’En’owkin International School of Writing, et titulaire d’un baccalauréat en création littéraire de l’Université de Victoria et d’une maîtrise en création littéraire de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique. Richard a écrit une vingtaine d’ouvrages dans pratiquement tous les genres, notamment le roman illustré A Blanket of Butterflies qui a été finaliste pour le prix Eisner. La version originale anglaise de Tout petit toi (Little You) a été un succès de librairie et a été traduite en plus de cinq langues, dont le cri des bois, la langue des Esclaves du Sud, le déné (chipewyan) et l’espagnol. Son roman The Lesser Blessed a été porté au cinéma par First Generation Films.

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Richard Van Camp est fier de faire partie de la nation déné tlicho de Fort Smith dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest. Il est diplômé de l’En’owkin International School of Writing, et titulaire d’un baccalauréat en création littéraire de l’Université de Victoria et d’une maîtrise en création littéraire de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique. Richard a écrit une vingtaine d’ouvrages dans pratiquement tous les genres, notamment le roman illustré A Blanket of Butterflies qui a été finaliste pour le prix Eisner. La version originale anglaise de Tout petit toi (Little You) a été un succès de librairie et a été traduite en plus de cinq langues, dont le cri des bois, la langue des Esclaves du Sud, le déné (chipewyan) et l’espagnol. Son roman The Lesser Blessed a été porté au cinéma par First Generation Films.

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Stephen Henighan is a professor and head of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph.
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Stephen Henighan is a professor and head of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph.
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Stephen Henighan is a professor and head of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph.
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Stephen Henighan is a professor and head of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph.
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Stephen Henighan is a professor and head of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph.
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Stephen Henighan is a professor and head of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph.
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Pascale Quiviger was born in Montreal. She holds both a Master’s degree in Philosophy and a degree in Fine Arts. She lives in Italy, where she paints, writes and teaches visual arts. She has exhibited in both Canada and Italy, and has published a collection of short stories, Ni sol ni ciel (2001). Her novel Le cercle parfait won the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in the French Language; the English edition, A Perfect Circle, translated by Sheila Fischman, was a finalist for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
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Pascale Quiviger was born in Montreal. She holds both a Master’s degree in Philosophy and a degree in Fine Arts. She lives in Italy, where she paints, writes and teaches visual arts. She has exhibited in both Canada and Italy, and has published a collection of short stories, Ni sol ni ciel (2001). Her novel Le cercle parfait won the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in the French Language; the English edition, A Perfect Circle, translated by Sheila Fischman, was a finalist for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace and the winner of the Booker Prize, The Blind Assassin. Her work is acclaimed internationally and has been translated into thirty-three languages. She is the recipient of many literary awards and honours from various countries, including Britain, Italy, France, Sweden, and Norway, as well as Canada and the United States. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and is a member of Alderville First Nation in Ontario, Canada. She is the author of six previous books, including This Accident of Being Lost, which won the MacEwan University Book of the Year; was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award; was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads; and was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Quill & Quire. Her newest novel is Noopiming: The Cure For White Ladies and her latest album is The Theory of Ice. Simpson holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and is faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research.

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Editorial Reviews

"...readers will find other delights in this wonderful buffet of delicious writing. Don’t miss the feast."

— Vancouver Sun

"...thoughtful, wise, funny and always original. If you ever wanted to burrow into the minds of some of CanLit’s greatest living treasures, this is your chance. A keeper."

— The Toronto Star

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