This Is My Country, What's Yours?

This Is My Country, What's Yours?

A Literary Atlas of Canada

Book - 2006
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Winner of the 2007 B.C. Award for Canadian Non-fiction AGlobe and MailBest 100 Book (2006) National PostBest Books (2006) A bold cultural portrait of contemporary Canada through the work of its most celebrated novelists, short story writers, and storytellers. Stories are the surest way to know a place, and at a time when the fabric of the country seems daily more uncertain, Noah Richler looks to our authors for evidence of the true nature of Canada. He argues why fiction matters and seeks to discover -- in the extra-ordinary diversity of communities these writers represent -- what stories, if any, bind us as a nation. Over two years, Richler has criss-crossed the country and interviewed close to one hundred authors -- a who's who of Canadian literature, including Wayne Johnston, Michael Crummey, Alistair MacLeod, Gil Courtemanche, Jane Urquhart, Joseph Boyden, Miriam Toews, Yann Martel, Fred Stenson, Douglas Coupland, and Rohinton Mistry -- about the places and ideas that are most meaningful to their work. The result is a journey through the reality of Canada and its imagination at a critical point in the country's evolution. Within thematic chapters he exposes our "Myths of Disappointment" and considers the stories of our native peoples, the rise of the city, and how our history as a colony shapes our society and politics even today. This Is My Country, What's Yours'is an impassioned literary travelogue and a vivid portrayal of our society, the work of Canadian authors, and the idea of writing itself. This Is My Country, What's Yours'is based on Noah Richler's ten-part documentary of the same name originally broadcast on CBC Radio's flagshipIdeasprogram in spring 2005.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2006
ISBN: 9780771075339
Branch Call Number: 819.354093271 Richl 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xiv, 476 p. :,ill., maps
Alternative Title: Literary atlas of Canada


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Jan 16, 2014

Lots of interesting ideas & well worth the effort of keeping with it - I found it a little difficult to figure out some of the main themes/ comments, perhaps because the writing style reflects that the source material was open style interviews with many authors throughout the country & used to develop radio program(s) so that the themes only revealed themselves over time & through testing ideas/views with many different people. Thought provoking.

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