Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Fiction. Essays. In WHY WE WRITE: CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN CANADIAN POETS AND NOVELISTS, fifteen leading African Canadian writers interview with editor H Nigel Thomas, discussing the complexities of the writing experience and revealing their thoughts on their creative process. Identifying how their social and geographical origins have influenced their work, the interviews provide valueable insights both on individual creativity and on the politics of cultural production in a multicultural society. Contributors include Austin Clarke, George Elliot Clarke, Afua Cooper, Bernadette Dyer, Claire Harris, Lawrence Hill, Nalo Hopkinson, Pamela Mordecai, and others.
African Canadian novelists and poets discuss the complexities of the writing experience. Apart from identifying how the writers geographical and social origins have influenced their work, the questions deliberately avoid autobiography. Instead, these writers respond to the exigencies of craft, the manipulations of publishers, the criticism of readers, and the absence of a clearly identifiable market for their works.
Austin Clarke, Bernadette Dyer, Althea Prince, Afua Cooper, M. NourbeSe Philip, Cecil Foster, Lawrence Hill, George Elliott Clarke, Wayde Compton, Robert Sandiford, Suzette Mayr, Claire Harris, Pamela Mordecai, and Ayanna Black.
About the Author
H. Nigel Thomas emigrated from St. Vincent and the Grenadines forty years ago. He now lives in the Greenfield Park suburb of Montreal. He is a graduate of Concordia University, McGill University, and Universite de Montreal. Until 2006 he was professor of US literature at Universite Laval. His short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in several journals and anthologies. He is the author of seven books.