“The problem with writer longevity can be a complicating, even contradictory oeuvre. Hopefully.”
Where the Truth Lies collects forty years of essays and speeches that award-winning author Rudy Wiebe has crafted throughout his career. In this illuminating and wide-ranging selection, Wiebe provides a look behind the curtain, revealing his thought processes as he worked on many of his great books. Within this book, he dissects controversies that arose after publication of his early novels, meditates on words and their inherent power, explores the great Canadian North and the Canadian body politic, reckons with his family history and Mennonite faith, all while providing an engaging and enlightening commentary. Where The Truth Lies is a vital compilation of a writing life.
Praise for Where The Truth Lies
"Where The Truth Lies ... digs down into the mind and methodology of a figure whose books, without exception, deserve close attention and always repay the reader's effort."
~ George Fetherling, Quill & Quire
"It should find a permanent place on the bookshelves of the Western writer’s fans and indeed anyone curious about the terminal disease he calls 'Writeritis.'"
~ Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star
"Wiebe's essays show us what literature and the arts can be and can do; they treat their topics with a high seriousness and moral purpose. He is an essential writer, a citizen of the northern prairie ... and required reading for any literate and engaged Albertan."
~ Ian MacRae, Alberta Views
"The sense of expansiveness imparted to the reader is drawn primarily from the utter vastness of Wiebe’s travels throughout Canada and into memories that are the genesis of his fiction and that have crafted his sense of identity."
~ Rachel Lallouz, Canadian Literature
About the author
Rudy Wiebe was born near Fairholme, Saskatchewan in 1934. From the University of Alberta, he received a B.A. 1956 and a M.A. in Creative Writing in 1960. He studied under a Rotary International Fellowship at the University of Tuebingen in West Germany, and in 1962 he received a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. In 1962ᆧ63 he was editor of the Mennonite Brethren Herald, a position which he resigned because of the controversy over his first novel,Peace Shall Destroy Many. From 1967 to 1992 he was Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Alberta. Wiebe has published twenty-five books, including nine novels and the non-fiction best-sellerStolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman, co-authored with Yvonne Johnson. He was awarded the Governor General’s Award for fiction forThe Temptations Of Big Bear in 1973, and again in 1994 forA Discovery Of Strangers. He is also the winner of the Lorne Pierce Gold Metal of the Royal Society of Canada for his contribution to Canadian literature ླ87). Wiebe has served as chairman of both the Writer’s Guild of Alberta and the Writers’ Union of Canada. He now lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Other titles by Rudy Wiebe
Essayist, Novelist, Poet
Extraordinary Canadians: Big Bear
Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955–2010
Extraordinary Canadians Big Bear
The Blue Mountains of China
Of This Earth
A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest