Writing and Reading by George Bowering

Writing and Reading: Essays

  • Non-Fiction
  • 176 pages, 5×8 inches
  • Price: $18 CAD · $16 USD
  • ISBN: 9781554201549
  • Date published: 2019-11-28
  • Availability: in print & available

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About Writing and Reading

In the course of a writing life that has spanned more than five decades and encompasses almost eighty books of fiction, poetry, history, and criticism he's written and another thirty that he's played an editorial role in, George Bowering has learned a thing or two about the craft.

Writing and Reading features thirty recent essays, ranging from a single paragraph to 12,000 words, spanning the range of the author's curiosity, which includes collecting, difficulty, film, painting, photography, music, and Vancouver's poets from Apollinaire and Blaise Cendrars to the present day. Bowering writes perceptively about his encounters with texts, and writers, including David Bromige, Judith Fitzgerald, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Robert Kroetsch, Michael Ondaatje, Joe Rosenblatt, and every book he read in 1967, Canada's centennial year.

Running through Writing and Reading is the theme of reading — and paying attention — and its centrality to any writing practice.

About George Bowering

Born in 1935 and raised in the southern Okanagan town of Oliver, BC, George Bowering has won the Governor-General's Award for both Poetry (in 1969, for Rocky Mountain Foot) and Fiction (in 1980, for Burning Water).

George Bowering was Canada's first Parliamentary Poet-Laureate, and is a member of the Order of Canada as well as the Order of British Columbia. His most recent books include No One (fiction, 2018), Ten Women (short stories, 2015), The World, I Guess (poetry, 2015), and, with George Stanley, Some End / West Broadway (poetry, 2018).

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