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    • Good neighbours!
    • Literary Synergies
      • So many times, the awareness of North American literary talent stops at the border.  I think it could only be a positive thing for Canada to have more US writers come up here and find out what kind of literary culture we have here.
      • Governor General Award winner
    • Why? Protecting Canadian Culture.
      • Living next to the United States is a little like sleeping with an elephant. You always wonder if they will roll over on you. No matter how friendly or temperate the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt .
      • Pierre Elliot Trudeau
    •  
    • Massey Report (1949)
      • Post-Second World War II (Cold War) Nationalism
      • Linked culture to international recognition and an independent identity;
      • Yet, this masked tremendous insecurity as a country.
    • Context
      • Support for the arts in Europe common but not in North America.
      • Canada – vast distances with a small population.
      • French-English fact in Canada with a huge neighbour to the South.
    • Perceived result. . . .
      • Swamped by US mass consumerism via the media, magazines, etc. , . . .
    • Massey Report Suggestions
      • Advocated the creation of a government sponsored organization that would distribute grants to Canadian artists.
      • This suggestion led to the creation of . . . .
    • The Canada Council
      • Arms length crown corporation (govt. agency) that reports to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
      • Created in ‘57, the Canada Council functions as an arts council for the government of Canada.
      • Funds Canadian artists and encourages the arts.
    • Emphasis of the Council
      • Visual arts
      • Media arts
      • Dance
      • Music
      • Theatre
      • Writing and publishing
    • SK Writers Guild
      • We do this by supporting writers and by raising public awareness of the value of the work of Saskatchewan writers.
      • Membership in the Guild is open to everyone.  You do not need to be a writer, you may simply be interested in supporting Saskatchewan writers or staying current with Saskatchewan's literary scene.
    • Writers Union of Canada (WUC)
      • Supporters Canada’s writers by “advocating for their rights, freedoms, and economic well-being."
      • members are professional writers who must have published at least one book through a commercial publisher.
      • To be eligible for membership the writer must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant or self-identified as indigenous or aboriginal born or resident in Canada.
      • WUC funded by Canadian Heritage , Canada Council for the Arts , and the Ontario Arts Council .
    • WUC provides. . . .
      • professional development programs
      • contract advice, grievance assistance
      • manuscript evaluation service
      • group health benefits
      • funding for public and school readings
    • Good or Bad?
      • Not the focus of today’s presentation?!
      • Need to think beyond what we have been thinking in Saskatchewan.
    • Governor General’s Literary Awards for fiction for 2009 – Kate Pullinger.
    • Governor General’s Literary Awards for non-fiction for 2009 – M.G. Vassanji.
    • Challenges!
    • US vs Canadian Dollar
      • http://teachmefinance.com/Charts/US_Dollar_Canadian%20Dollar_Exchange_Rate.JPG
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    • Some US authors. . . .
    • Carol Shields (1935-2003)
      • Carol Shields is among the most distinguished and honoured of all writers in the Canadian literary tradition." - Library and Archives Canada
      • Stone Diaries won or nominated for:
      • Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1995
      • Governor General’s Award in 1993
      • Nominated for the Booker Prize (1993)
      • Nominated for US Book Critics Book Award (1993)
    • Shield’s Biography
      • Governor General’s Award winner and Pulitzer winner?
      • Dual citizen born in Illinois but moved to Canada in the 1960s.
      • Taught at the University of Manitoba’s English department.
    • Frye Festival
      • Literary Lion, Northrop Frye
      • City of Moncton, NB
      • Population of 65,000
      • Metropolitan pop. of 124,500
      • http://monctonpubliclibrary.ca/Page4098.aspx
      • http://www.frye.ca/content/eng/home
    • Kathy Reichs
    • Canadian Connection?
      • TV series Bones based on her books.
      • Divides her time as a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina (Charlotte) and as a forensic scientist in Montreal for the govt. of Quebec.
      • Novel Devil Bones’ plot based in part in New Brunswick.
    • Wordfest in Calgary
      • In Partnership with the Calgary Public Library, Wordfest brings topnotch authors to Calgary.
      • Last fall US author, John Irving was invited.
    • John Irving
    • Chuck Palahniuk
    • Scott Turow
    • Theme to getting US authors
      • Public Library/Book Festival Partnerships
    • SK Writers Guild
      • The Word on the Street in Saskatoon requires a part-time event manager for 2011.
      • Can lobby the Word on the Street Committee and SWG for. . . .
    • Dream Partnership for SK.
    • Saskatoon-resident, Yann Martel
    • Montana’s, Ivan Doig
    • Martel Biography (b. 1963)
      • Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
      • Winner of the 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
      • Shortlisted for the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Fiction
    • Doig Biography (b. 1939)
      • Considered the dean of western American literature and a successor to Wallace Stegner.
      • Most of his fiction deals with the Montana of his youth.
      • His major theme is family life in the past, mixing personal memory with regional history.
    • Doig’s other works. . .
    • SK Reading Festival featuring. . . .
    • Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) Eastend SK from 1917-1921
    • Literature professor at Harvard, University of Wisconsin, and finally Stanford University
      • Wolf Willow: A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier (1955)
      • Angle of Repose Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 1972.
    • Where the Bluebird sings from the Lemonade Springs.
      • My first five years were in constant motion, and when I retain them is no more than flits and flashes, images on a broken film flapping through the projector: . . .
      • [including] the bare benches and varnished wainscots of the railroad station in Weyburn, on the Canadian border, with stern men in red coats staring down from the walls.
      • Wallace Stegner