Book details

Publication date: February 2019
Features: Foreword/liminaire, introduction
Series: CLC Kreisel Lecture Series
Keywords: Canadian; literature; fiction; writing; place; essay; nonfiction; non-fiction; advice; Newfoundland
Subject(s): LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Literary Nonfiction, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Essays, Fiction, Writing, and Place, LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading, Canadian; literature; fiction; writing; place; essay; nonfiction; non-fiction; advice; Newfoundland, Literary essays, Literature: history & criticism, Canadian Literature, Literary Criticism
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press, Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne

Michael Crummey. Michael Crummey is an internationally celebrated novelist and poet. His novel, Galore, won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction and the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and Caribbean Region), and was short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and the Governor General’s Award. Sweetland was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award in 2014. His most recent poetry collection is Little Dogs. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Margaret Mackey. Margaret Mackey is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. She has published a wide variety of articles and chapters on the subject of young people’s reading and their multimedia and digital literacies. Mackey’s work is highly interdisciplinary; her numerous international presentations include talks on young people’s literature, multimedia and adaptations, education and literacy, computer gaming, and more. Her interest in these topics was initiated during her youth in Newfoundland; although she grew up in the 1950s, her childhood experiences included a range of media that fed into her inveterate book-reading. She is now pursing questions about how children ‘s developing skills in processing a variety of media are affected by their geographic location and their understanding of landscapes, both real and fictional.

"Fiction writers influence the way people see the world around them. And with that influence comes authorial responsibility.... Crummey offers a double proviso to the debate over cultural appropriation. He recommends impatience with the blinkered novelist who doesn’t deign to learn about the world he or she is describing. And perhaps more importantly, Crummey asks that a generous dose of tolerance, be given to that minority of one, the author, who is doing his or her best to tell us a story."

Susan Swan, Literary Review of Canada

"[Crummey examines] Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Wayne Johnston’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Lisa Moore’s Open and Alligator, Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News, Howard Norman’s The Bird Artist, and Crummey’s own River Thieves. These parallels bring into relief the question of whether there is something greater to be served by deviations from the factual... All creative writers appropriate the world to some extent—and might get things wrong—but sensitivity to an evocative, true, and aesthetically meaningful depiction is key." [Full article at]

Tracy Whelan, Canadian Literature

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