In 1996, photographer Don Denton set out to create a photographic archive of prominent Canadian authors. First Chapter: The Canadian Writers Photography Project collected a sampling of his project to date, including well-known writers such as Margaret Atwood, George Bowering, Karen Connelly, and Michael Turner, as well as newer faces on the Canadian writing scene. Due to the positive response to First Chapter, Don Denton offers a follow-up, pointing his lens at such Canadian authors as Douglas Coupland, Camilla Gibb, and Bill Richardson. Each of the fifty photographs is paired with a statement about the writing life from the profiled author. Advice ranges from quirky, tongue-in-cheek quips to serious contemplations of the creative process. Second Chapter shows the faces of CanLit in a revealing light.
My Mother is an Alien
How do we connect to film on a personal level? Written by critically-acclaimed Alberta author George Melnyk, My Mother is an Alien brings autobiographical responses to film, daringly exposing the author’s personal insights, beliefs, and sensitivities. An introduction and ten essays explore Canadian and international film. Essays delve into such films as Leolo, Last Night, Clearcut, and, as the title implies, Alien.
Adrienne Clarkson loves One Yellow Rabbit. The Kids in the Hall hang with them. Leonard Cohen sends them flowers. James Keegstra wants them locked away. They’ve been banned by the courts, shut down at Expo, feted in Australia and awarded in Scotland.
How did an avant-garde theatre of international calibre emerge from the suburbs of arch-conservative Calgary, land of ranchers, oil barons and urban cowboys? Why does it stay there in defiance of logic? And why does it insist on that childish name?
A lyrical analysis of the intersections between poetic speech and music, intertwined with the history of black/white relations in America.
Digitopia Blues is a fluid narrative about orality and literacy — their individual histories, and their blended futures. Musician and poet John Sobol pinpoints the African American struggle to find a language of revolutionary power through orality and music, as well as the literate poet’s impulse to transcend the printed page. Then he locates literacy and orality in the new digital media, in rap, in rave, and even in Napster. Sobol’s book is intertwined with the stories of the blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, the powerful world of the printed word, and the potential dangers and advantages that digital communications technologies offer people of colour.
Before and After the I-Bomb
There was a time, not too long ago, when people wrote letters (and mailed them), picked up the phone and spoke to people (not voice mail systems), and considered whether to invest in expensive new "fax" technology as a means of speeding up communication. Children went outside to play games that didn't require a console and screen, schools bought books, and computers filled entire floors of some offices. In less than twenty years, our homes, schools, cars, workplaces, and leisure activities have been revolutionized by the onslaught of technology.
In 1996, photographer Don Denton set out to create a photographic archive of Canadian authors. First Chapter collects a sampling of his project to date, including well-known writers such as Margaret Atwood, George Bowering, Karen Connelly, and Michael Turner, as well as newer faces on the Canadian writing scene. Each of the 50 photographs is paired with a statement about the writing life from the profiled author, with advice that ranges from quirky, tongue-in-cheek quips to serious contemplations of the creative process. Sometimes puzzling, sometimes practical, and sometimes funny, First Chapter shows the faces of CanLit in a revealing light.
Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors is not an academic work, neither is it journalism ... I have not held back from speculation. I recognize that some of the views expressed here are odd, if not downright eccentric, but they are all my own, and I take full responsibility for them." With this intriguing opening, author Robyn Gillam launches into a richly researched, engaging history of museums that ranges from ancient Greece to Canada's Royal Ontario Museum, Glenbow, and Museum of Civilization. Unafraid to take a strong stand, Gillam points to class, race, and gender biases that have maintained a wall around many of Canada's largest public museums.
The Great Divide
The Great Divide documents artist Ernie Kroeger's 10-year obsession with the Great Divide, a major North American watershed. The book includes high-quality reproductions of Kroeger's panoramic photographs, as well as his personal writings and historical research, presenting an unusual exploration of the much-photographed Canadian Rockies. Accompanied by Alberto Manguel's literary reading of Kroeger's work, The Great Divide should appeal to members of the artistic and literary communities, as well as people interested in mountain landscapes and culture.
Dancing Bodies, Living Histories
Dancing Bodies, Living Histories highlights significant new directions in dance studios, showing how dance leaps across disciplinary boundaries and divisions between the academe and cultural practice. Touching upon history, cultural studies, film, and queer studies, Dancing Bodies links dance to other studies in the humanities and social sciences.