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ABOUT GEORGE BOWERING

George Bowering (Photo: Danielle Schaub)
(Photo: Danielle Schaub)

George Bowering is a major figure in Canadian literature, and has written over forty books. He has won the Governor General's Award twice: once in 1969 for poetry, for the books Rocky Mountain Foot and The Gangs of Kosmos; and again in 1980 for fiction, for Burning Water. In 2003, he was appointed Canada's first Poet Laureate.

Left Hook
A Sideways Look at Canadian Writing

by George Bowering

IN THIS COLLECTION OF INCISIVE, COGENT ESSAYS, GEORGE BOWERING EXPLORES THE VARIED AND OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD LANDSCAPE OF CANADIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Left Hook coverOffering close readings of the works of a wide array of writers — Michael Ondaatje, Robert Kroetsch, Ethel Wilson, Milton Acorn, Daphne Marlatt, bpNichol and many more — Bowering considers what it means to be a Canadian writer, and a Canadian reader. Throughout, he considers the themes, preoccupations and hooks that abide in our national literature. And amid explorations of Sheila Watson's Double Hook and Margaret Atwood's sharp lines of poetry — "like a hook into an eye" — Bowering manages to land a few punches of his own.

In Left Hook Bowering throws assumptions about national identity into the ring with modernism and postmodernism, regionalism and anti-centrism. Along the way he makes delightful digressions about his personal experiences — growing up in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley playing baseball and reading dime novels; his attraction/repulsion to American culture; discovering poetry as a young man; his first encounter with Al Purdy's teeth-staining homemade wine. Above all, he tells us — with infectious enthusiasm — about the books and writers he loves.

Always engaging, Bowering is the ultimate literary conversationalist — informed and intimate, intelligent and irreverent.

PRAISE FOR LEFT HOOK

“A collection that is open and honest about the nitty-gritty of language, the predicaments of Canadian culture, the job description of a writer, but, most fundamentally, about the dazzling intersections of thought and text.”  — FRED WAH

 

 

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