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The Gods of East Wawanosh
By (author): Marilyn Gear Pilling
Marilyn Gear Pilling


Cormorant Books - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Mar 30, 2019
Print Run: 500
$18.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 0.25 in | 164 gr

Page Count:

104 pages
Cormorant Books
POETRY / Canadian / General
Hamilton Literary Awards - Poetry 2020, Winner
Winner of the 27th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards for Poetry

Marilyn Gear Pilling has written, “For me, to pay close attention to life, both my own and the lives of those around me – to witness and document it, find the larger meaning in it, communicate it to others – is to honour it, to make the most of this little blink of time in which we are here. ” In her sixth poetry collection, The gods of East Wawanosh, Pilling continues this work of loving witness. The long title sequence documents scenes in the life of a Huron County family still in thrall to the ancestral farm -- a father and brother who worked in the city but gave a lifetime of weekends to upkeep the land that “tugged at an unseen part of them.”. Pilling memorializes a way of life that was on its way out: the end-of-summer community picnic, pies baked at six in the morning in wood ovens, mothers and daughters walking in “warm golden water” on the hard-packed river bottom, men and boys arriving after a hot day’s threshing; the continuity of generations, family hopes, conflicts and tragedies lived out in a setting that “both shattered and held together” their world. In the book’s second half, Pilling assumes the role of observer and listener, recording voices of others whose paths have crossed hers – neighbours, new immigrants, people encountered while travelling – as they relate stories of danger and escape, of extremity, of personal circumstance and cultural obligation. Clear-eyed, curious, compassionate, she meditates on our mortality and the light in which it casts both our longing for the ideal and our embrace of the real.

Marilyn Gear Pilling lives in Hamilton, Ontario, although her roots are in the East Wawanosh area of Huron County, which has been a powerful presence in her life and work. She is the author of three collections of short fiction (most recently On Huron’s Shore, 2014), five collections of poetry, and one chapbook, Estrangement (2017). Pilling has won and/or placed in forty-five national contests for poetry, literary nonfiction and fiction, including the CBC literary awards, the Western Magazine Awards and Descant’s award for Best Canadian Poem. Her work has been broadcast on the CBC.

  • Book launch in Hamilton location.
  • Review copy mailing to literary magazines across Canada, as well as The Globe and Mail and National Post. 
  • Pitching The Walrus to reprint one or more poems in one of the first five issues of 2019. 
  • Pitching author to reading series in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto.

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"This book welcomes me as reader onto its back porch, and I know I will re-enter it many times." - The Malahat Review

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