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The Journey Prize Stories 19

The Best of Canada's New Writers

edited by Caroline Adderson; David Bezmozgis & Dionne Brand

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list price: $17.99
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published: Oct 2007
ISBN:9780771095610
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For almost two decades, The Journey Prize Stories has been taking the pulse of Canada’s literary scene, presenting the best stories published each year by some of our most exciting up-and-coming writers.

Among the stories this year: A holdup marks the beginning of a spectacularly ill-fated romance between a free spirit and a man with the heart and soul of “a criminal born.” When her young imagination is captured by a photo of a Hungarian refugee child, a girl becomes determined to make the orphan a part of her family’s life. In a story set in Venice, amid complications both legal and romantic, a Canadian expat comes to understand the restless path his father’s life has taken. A boy discovers something about fame, mortality, and triple force fields when the kids in his neighbourhood vie for a coveted spot on an arcade game’s high-scores list. In a modern fairytale with a twist, a woman who is always cold is given an unexpected gift. A near-drowning in the Indian Ocean reveals difficult truths to a documentary filmmaker during what is supposed to be a career-advancing trip.

About the Authors

Caroline Adderson

CAROLINE ADDERSON is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces) and two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased to Meet You), as well as many books for young readers. Published in eleven countries, her work has received numerous award nominations, including for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Winner of three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Prizes, Caroline was also the recipient of the Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. She is the program director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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David Bezmozgis

DAVID BEZMOZGIS is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His debut story collection, Natasha and Other Stories, won the Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His first novel, The Free World, was a finalist for both the Governor General’s Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His second novel, The Betrayers, was also a Giller Prize finalist and won the National Jewish Book Award. His writing has appeared in many publications, including the New Yorker, Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story and The Best American Short Stories. David Bezmozgis has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, a Radcliffe Fellow and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. He is the director of the Humber School for Writers. Born in Riga, Latvia, he lives in Toronto.

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Dionne Brand is a poet and author; her collection of poetry, Land to Light On, won both the GG and the Trillium Book Award. Her novel, What We All Long for, won the Toronto Book Award; and her collection Ossuaries, won the Griffin Poetry Prize. She lives in Toronto.
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Contributor Notes

Caroline Adderson is the award-winning author of two novels, A History of Forgetting and Sitting Practice, and two collections of short fiction, Bad Imaginings and Pleased to Meet You. She is the 2007 recipient of the Marian Engel Award. She lives in Vancouver.
David Bezmozgis is the award-winning author of Natasha and Other Stories. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The Walrus, and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, 2005. He lives in Toronto.

Dionne Brand is a multi-award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist, and a professor of English at the University of Guelph. In 2006, her poetry collection Inventory was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, her novel What We All Long For won the Toronto Book Award, and Brand herself received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. She lives in Toronto.

Editorial Review

“Amuses, astonishes, enlightens; it is a delicious cacophony of voices and engaging stories.”
Books in Canada

“Tomorrow’s short lists for the Giller and the Governor General’s prizes invariably start with today’s Journey Prize Stories.”
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