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Finding the Words: Writers on Inspiration, Desire, War, Celebrity, Exile, and Breaking the Rules

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Celebrated writers reveal surprising truths about the joys, challenges, and importance of finding the words, in this special fundraising anthology for PEN Canada.

 

In Finding the Words, thirty-one well-known writers share deeply personal discoveries and stories that will surprise, delight, and stir the mind and heart. By turns inspiring, provocative, witty, and compelling, these diverse and original pieces explore home, exile, and the search for a place to belong; community, creativity, celebrity, and the many forms power can take. 

 

Among the pieces in the anthology: Diana Athill and Alice Munro discuss the consequences of writing about other people; Gord Downie meditates on what it means to be a songwriter by considering one of his own songwriting heroes; Guy Gavriel Kay reflects on how his relationship with his own readers continues to change; Elizabeth Hay searches for inspiration in the fallow period between books; Rawi Hage meditates on writing rooted in the universal experience of exile; Pasha Malla and Moez Surani present a funny and confounding list of “rules for writers” solicited from non-writers; Heather O’Neill tells the story of an illiterate and underage wannabe gangster in mid-century Montreal; Michael Winter pieces together court transcripts, newspaper accounts, and other primary sources to take us into the dark heart of a real-life Newfoundland crime story.

 

Proceeds from this volume will go to PEN Canada in support of its vital work in defence of freedom of expression and on behalf of writers around the world who have been silenced.

 

Finding the Words Contributors List:

Diana Athill

Tash Aw

David Bezmozgis

Joseph Boyden

David Chariandy

Denise Chong

Karen Connelly

Alain de Botton

Emma Donoghue

Gord Downie

Marina Endicott

Stacey May Fowles

Rawi Hage

Elizabeth Hay

Steven Heighton

Lee Henderson

Guy Gavriel Kay

Mark Kingwell

Martha Kuwee Kumsa

Annabel Lyon

Linden MacIntyre

Pasha Malla

Lisa Moore

Alice Munro

Stephanie Nolen

Heather O’Neill

Richard Poplak

Moez Surani

Miguel Syjuco

Madeleine Thien

Michael Winter

With cover design and illustration by Seth

www.pencanada.ca

Synopsis:

Celebrated writers reveal surprising truths about the joys, challenges, and importance of finding the words, in this special fundraising anthology for PEN Canada.

In this outstanding anthology, some of our most exciting writers — novelists, journalists, memoirists, playwrights, and songwriters — offer compelling and highly personal takes on the theme of finding the words. The result is an entertaining, provocative, thoughtful, and unexpected collection of pieces that reminds us of the power of language.

Among the pieces in the anthology: Diana Athill and Alice Munro discuss the consequences of writing about other people; Gord Downie meditates on what it means to be a songwriter by considering one of his own songwriting heroes; Guy Gavriel Kay reflects on how his relationship with his own readers continues to change; Elizabeth Hay searches for inspiration in the fallow period between books; Rawi Hage meditates on writing rooted in the universal experience of exile; Pasha Malla presents a funny and confounding list of "rules for writers" solicited from non-writers; Heather O'Neill recalls writing some unusual letters for her illiterate father when she was a young girl; Michael Winter pieces together court transcripts, newspaper accounts, and other primary sources to take us into the dark heart of a real-life Newfoundland crime story.

About the Author

JARED BLAND is the managing editor of The Walrus and oversees the magazine's fiction, poetry, and arts and culture sections. He holds a master's degree from the University of Toronto, where he also pursued doctoral studies in English literature. He sits on the board of directors of PEN Canada, and is a member of the International Visitors Committee in association with the International Festival of Authors. He lives in Toronto.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780771013690
Author:
Bland, Jared
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8.76 x 5.49 x .81 in .96 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Celebrated writers reveal surprising truths about the joys, challenges, and importance of finding the words, in this special fundraising anthology for PEN Canada.

In this outstanding anthology, some of our most exciting writers — novelists, journalists, memoirists, playwrights, and songwriters — offer compelling and highly personal takes on the theme of finding the words. The result is an entertaining, provocative, thoughtful, and unexpected collection of pieces that reminds us of the power of language.

Among the pieces in the anthology: Diana Athill and Alice Munro discuss the consequences of writing about other people; Gord Downie meditates on what it means to be a songwriter by considering one of his own songwriting heroes; Guy Gavriel Kay reflects on how his relationship with his own readers continues to change; Elizabeth Hay searches for inspiration in the fallow period between books; Rawi Hage meditates on writing rooted in the universal experience of exile; Pasha Malla presents a funny and confounding list of "rules for writers" solicited from non-writers; Heather O'Neill recalls writing some unusual letters for her illiterate father when she was a young girl; Michael Winter pieces together court transcripts, newspaper accounts, and other primary sources to take us into the dark heart of a real-life Newfoundland crime story.

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