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Biting the Error
Writers Explore Narrative
Edited by: Gail Scott Edited by: Robert Gluck Edited by: Camille Roy
9781552451427 Paperback, Trade English General Trade LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays Oct 15, 2004
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.69 x 8.49 x 0.99 in | 500 gr 304 pages Coach House Books
What is the best way to tell a story? In this anthology, the first-ever collection of essays by innovative, cutting-edge writers on the theme of narration, forty of the continent's top experimental writers describe their engagement with language, storytelling and the world. The anthology includes renowned writers like Kathy Acker, Dennis Cooper, Nicole Brossard, Daphne Marlatt, Lydia Davis and Kevin Killian, writers who have spent years pondering the meaning of storytelling and how storytelling functions in our culture, as well as presenting a new generation of brilliant thinkers and writers, like Christian B�¶k, Corey Frost, Derek McCormack and Lisa Robertson. Contemporizing the friendly anecdotal style of Montaigne and written by daring writers of different ages, of different origins, from many different regions of the continent, from Mexico to Montreal, these essays run the gamut of mirth, prose poetry, tall tales and playful explorations of reader/writer dynamics. They discuss aesthetics founded on new explorations in the field of narrative, the mystery that is the body, questions of how representation may be torqued to deal with gender and sexuality, the experience of marginalized people, the negotiation between different orders of time, the 'performance' of outlaw subject matter. Brave, energetic and fresh, Biting the Error tells a whole new story about narrative. With writing from Kathy Acker, D. L. Alvarez, Betsy Andrews, Dodie Bellamy, ChristianB�¶k, Bruce Boone, Taylor Brady, Lawrence Ytzhak Braithwaite, Nicole Brossard, Mary Burger, Lydia Davis, Jeff Derksen, Aja Couchois Duncan, Michael du Plessis, kari edwards, Corey Frost, Renee Gladman, Robert Gl�¼ck, Rob Halpern, Carla Harryman, Laird Hunt, Kevin Killian, Chris Kraus, Pamela Lu, Nicole Markotic, Daphne Marlatt, Douglas A. Martin, Steve McCaffery, Derek McCormack, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Laura Moriarty, Eileen Myles, Doug Rice, Lisa Robertson, Camille Roy, Leslie Scalapino, Kathy Lou Schultz, Gail Scott, X. I. Selene, Aaron Shurin, Nathalie Stephens, Anne Stone, Lynne Tillman, Paul VanDeCarr, heriberto yepez, Magdalena Zurawski. Biting the Error is edited by Mary Burger, Robert Gl�¼ck, Camille Roy and Gail Scott, the co-founders of the Narrativity Website Magazine, based at the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University.

Gail Scott is the author of the novels Main Brides (Toronto: Coach House, 1993), Heroine (Coach House, 1987; Talon, 1997), and My Paris (Toronto: Mercury Press, 1999), a collection of short stories, Spare Parts (Coach House, 1982), the essay collection Spaces like Stairs (Toronto: Women's Press, 1989), and la th�©orie, un dimanche (co-authored with Nicole Brossard et al., remue-m�©nage, 1988). She has been short-listed twice for the QSPELL (Quebec English -language fiction) award. A former journalist who has worked for Canada's leading newspapers, she is also a founding editor of the Montreal French - language cultural journal Spirale , and the bilingual journal of women's writing, Tessera . Her translations include France Th�©oret's Laurence , and The Sailor's Disquiet , and Helen with a Secret , both by Michael Delisle. Robert Gl�¼ck is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. His books include Jack the Modernist , Margery Kemp , Denny Smith ,Elements of a Coffee Service and Reader . Gl�¼ck was an associate editor at Lapis Press, co-director of Small Press Traffic Literary Center and director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State, where he teachescreative writing. Camille Roy is a writer and performer of fiction, poetry and plays. Her books include SWARM , The Rosy Medallions and Cold Heaven . She lives in San Francisco and teaches creative writing privately and at San Francisco State University.

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