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Master storyteller Howard Norman draws on more than 30 years of visiting Nova Scotia for this remarkable ''book of selective memories.'' Combining stories, folklore, memoir, nature, poetry, and expository prose, the chapters of My Famous Evening ''may be seen as intersecting facets of reminiscence; there are certain refrains, themes, and preoccupations and I placed birds into as many of thebook's nooks and crannies as possible.'' His goal: to portray the emotional dimensions of his experience.

Illustrated with photographs from Norman's own collection, this book offers a delightful, witty, and characteristically quirky take on a curious and beguiling region.

Read the story of Marlais Quire, a young woman who scandalously left her home in Nova Scotia in 1923 to travel to New York in anill-fated attempt to attend a public reading by Joseph Conrad. Enjoy the delightful ''Birder's Notebook, '' a collection of stories about the Mi'kmaq cultural hero, Glooskap, and an account of Leon Trotsky's 1915 visit toHalifax, after a year in exile in New York, ''on his way to the October Revolution.'' For Norman, Nova Scotia is a place that provides a deep calm but also a ''sudden noir of theheart.''

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Synopsis:

An evocative portrait of the landscape and eccentric characters who have shaped his literary work by the critically acclaimed author of The Bird Artist and The Northern Lights captures the the world of Nova Scotia in a collection of folklore, poetry, reflections, anecdotes, stories, and essays based on his more than thirty years of visits to the island province.

About the Author

\Howard Normanis the author of five novels, including Northern Lights and The Bird Artist, both National Book Award finalists, and The Museum Guard. In 1997 he received a Lannan Award in fiction. Norman teaches at the University of Maryland and divides his time between Washington, D.C. and Vermont.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781426209116
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Subject:
Travel : Canada - Atlantic Provinces
Author:
Norman, Howard
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Travel : Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Canada - General
Subject:
Authors, canadian
Subject:
Nova scotia
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Nova Scotia Social life and customs.
Subject:
TRAVEL / Canada
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
June 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
224

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » World History » Canada
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Travel » Travel Writing » General

My Famous Evening: Nova Scotia Sojourns, Diaries, and Preoccupations
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"Synopsis" by , An evocative portrait of the landscape and eccentric characters who have shaped his literary work by the critically acclaimed author of The Bird Artist and The Northern Lights captures the the world of Nova Scotia in a collection of folklore, poetry, reflections, anecdotes, stories, and essays based on his more than thirty years of visits to the island province.
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