Banff Centre Press
It's one thing to sign on for the long and lonely apprenticeship that is the life of a writer; most writers have, or eventually develop, a certain talent for that kind of solitude. But when it comes time to approaching publishers, and, if accepted, embarking on contract negotiation, editing, launching, and publicizing that first book, the experience of crossing the line from private to public space can be daunting - even overwhelming. The editors of this anthology have survived their first-time publishing experiences. Afterward, they found themselves asking: With all the books out there about how to be an effective writer, why hasn't somebody published a book about this transition?
Speaking in Tongues
While writers living in exile have much to say, they often lack a space to be heard. Speaking in Tongues offers the personal reflections of writers in exile — many now living in Canada — as they engage with and interrogate the act of translation.
As one writer living in exile has said, “Crossing borders, one after another, is a bloody devastating experience, but an experience done and over. Translating the self into another self through another vocabulary is what we face, right after we have finished the crossing. It is the last border, and it is invisible. And it is there during the ‘translation’ period that we slip away.
Right to Dance
To date, no scholar has seriously examined the relation between dance and human rights. Yet in terms of human rights organizations, there appears to be intimate connections between dance and human rights issues. Such connections appear most frequently in the context of dance being used as a tool for inciting people to violence, as a means is of humiliation, and as a means of uniting communities in times of hardship. Dance is often employed as a nationalistic propaganda tool, as a means of healing individuals and groups after traumatic events, and as a powerful form of theatrical expression and education by artists/choreographers who have undergone or witnessed gross violations of human rights.
The ways that dancing, as an embodied, highly sensual, and sexually charged activity exposes inconsistencies and abuses in human rights are myriad. This anthology examines the intersection of dance and human rights.
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.