Titel: Writers Talking
Herausgegeben von John Metcalf, Claire Wilkshire
November 2003 - kartoniert - 228 Seiten
Eight interviews, eight stories, eight commentaries. Eight of Canada's finest writers. "Writers Talking" gives readers a chance to listen in: Terry Griggs on where stories come from, Michael Winter on writing Newfoundland, K. D. Miller on being an actor who writes. The volume also features stories by and conversations with Mary Borsky, Steven Heighton, Elise Levine, Annabel Lyon, and Lisa Moore.
Foreword Michael Winter -- The Force of Mystery Michael Winter -- Archibald the Arctic Lisa Moore -- Kernels Lisa Moore -- Craving Steven Heighton -- Foreigners Steven Heighton -- Five Paintings of the New Japan Mary Borsky -- The Last Bullring Mary Borsky -- The Ukrainian Shirt K. D. Miller -- Standing Up Naked and Turning Around Very Slowly K. D. Miller -- A Litany in Time of Plague Terry Griggs -- Self-Portrait Terry Griggs -- Momma Had a Baby Elise Levine -- Range Elise Levine -- Always the Snow Annabel Lyon -- Interview Annabel Lyon -- Watch Me Bibliography
John Metcalf was born in Carlisle, England, and was educated at the University of Bristol. He emigrated to Canada in 1962. In addition to working on his own writings (novels, stories and essays), he held for many years the unsalaried post of Senior Editor of the Porcupine' Quill. John Metcalf is the editor of Canadian Notes and Queries and book publisher Biblioasis. He resides in Ottawa with his wife, Myrna. Claire Wilkshire teaches English at Memorial University in St. John's. She was a founding member of the fiction collective The Burning Rock and her stories are represented along with Lisa Moore's, Michael Winter's, and Ramona Dearing's in the Burning Rock anthologies Hearts Larry Broke and Extremities.
'What's most interesting about the book is the ways in which almost all the writers work out what it means to be Canadian writers. Michael Winter discusses having to leave Newfoundland in order to be able to write about it; Steven Heighton relates how his travels through Canada, as well as outside of it, forged his identity as a writer; Mary Borsky speaks of wonder at her realization that Canada could be an acceptable setting for serious literature; Terry Griggs traces her development as a writer to her childhood discovery of the differences of region in Canada. In telling their histories, the authors featured in Writers Talking who also include Lisa Moore, K.D. Miller, Elise Levine, and Annabel Lyon, tell the history of recent Canadian literature itself, shedding light not only on their work and careers, but also on the people and places that have made it all possible.' -- Peter Darbyshire amazon.ca 'Writers Talking is a great idea, and the editors have crafted the material into a thorough, balanced and honed work. It would be nice to see more publications like this.' -- Joan Sullivan The Telegram (St John's) 'The interviews provide a vivid impression of the writers' influences, techniques, and ambitions. Each interview is followed by a previously published story by the author and his or her brief commentary on the story. A source of inspiration for creative-writing students, Writers Talking also sheds light on the contributions of editors -- specifically John Metcalf.' -- Thomas Gerry Canadian Book Review Annual 'Metcalf is not eccentric but central, a brilliant prose-smith who has mentored an entire generation of fledgling authors.' -- Jeet Heer Toro Magazine 'Writers Talking is very much a book that is alive, one that will certainly make readers want to read more (especially by these eight writers), and read more carefully; it will also make writers want to write more -- and, again, more carefully. Each of these stories dazzles with a quiet, meticulous brilliance, a brilliance that comes from a sustained, holy belief in getting the words right. As Steven Heighton says in his interview/essay: "At the turn of the millennium being a true rebel means being, by postmodern standards, unabashedly uncool -- an aesthete, devoted to the old pursuit of truth and beauty in artistic form." ... To that I say, now quoting Elise Levine: "Yippee-i-o." ' -- Melanie Little Globe & Mail 'I'm a junky for anything that takes readers inside the world of the imagination, and this collection is particularly fine. Eight of my favorite contemporary Canadian writers -- Michael Winter, Lisa Moore, Annabel Lyon, Steven Heighton, Terry Griggs, Elise Levine, Mary Borsky, and K.D. Milleri -- talking about their work. The set up is pure genius: an interview, followed by a story, and then the writers' commentary on the technical challenges they had to solve in the writing of the story in order to achieve the effect they were after. The interviews are wonderfully wrought -- in most of them, the questions have been removed so the pieces read as seamless narratives of a writer's coming-of-age.' -- Kim Jernigan The New Quarterly 'Writers Talking is a great idea, and the editors have crafted the material into a thorough, balanced and honed work. It would be nice to see more publications like this.' -- Joan Sullivan The Telegram (St John's) 'The interviews provide a vivid impression of the writers' influences, techniques, and ambitions. Each interview is followed by a previously published story by the author and his or her brief commentary on the story. A source of inspiration for creative-writing students, Writers Talking also sheds light on the contributions of editors -- specifically John Metcalf.' -- Thomas Gerry Canadian Book Review Annual