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He speaks volumes : a biography of George Bowering

Author: Rebecca Wigod; Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Talonbooks, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"This biography of George Bowering, first Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, reveals the intimate, intellectual, and artistic life of one of Canada's most prolific authors, offering an inside look at the people and events at the centre of the country's literary and artistic avant-garde from the 1960s to the present. A distinguished novelist, poet, editor, professor, historian, and tireless supporter of fellow  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: George Bowering; George Bowering; George Bowering
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Wigod; Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1772012068 9781772012064
OCLC Number: 1019998389
Description: xvii, 316 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Rebecca Wigod ; with a foreword by Margaret Atwood.

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"This biography of George Bowering, first Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, reveals the intimate, intellectual, and artistic life of one of Canada's most prolific authors, offering an inside look at the people and events at the centre of the country's literary and artistic avant-garde from the 1960s to the present. A distinguished novelist, poet, editor, professor, historian, and tireless supporter of fellow writers, two-time Governor General's Award winner George Bowering was born in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. After serving as an aerial photographer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bowering earned a BA in English and history and an MA in English at the University of British Columbia, where he became one of the co-founders of the seminal avant-garde poetry magazine TISH. He has taught literature at the University of Calgary, Concordia University, and Simon Fraser University, and he continues to act as a Canadian literary ambassador. Bowering has authored more than one hundred books, including works of poetry, fiction, memoir, criticism, and youth fiction; his writing has also been translated into multiple languages. He has been shortlisted for the Griffin Prize for Poetry, the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and the BC National Non-Fiction Award. Starting in 2011, this legend of Canadian letters allowed former Vancouver Sun book pages editor Rebecca Wigod to interview him more than twenty times, even lending her his extensive diaries. She gives this account of his life and work twenty chapters - Bowering's preferred length for a book - and structures it in "slices" (chapter titles include "The Varsity Man," "The Husband," and "The Sports Fan"), as he might. As a writer and as a person, Bowering is so prolific and so complicated that without a primer, it's easy to misunderstand him. But now you have one: He Speaks Volumes will be an indispensable guide to the life, work, and community of this multifaceted writer."--

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