Dimensions:8in x 5.25 x 0.6 in | 0.9 lb
Page Count:140 pages
Breaking Words: Literary Confessions provides a lively discussion of the impact of books on an author's identity. George Melnyk is an Alberta writer, who has published in various genres--essays, poetry, Alberta literature, and Canadian cinema. Why he came to be identified by certain communities of readers with one specific book and not any of his others is a mystery to be solved. He offers an engaged description of how reviews, cultural trends, and funding for writers impacts creativity. Nor is he afraid to provide the nitty-gritty of the financial results from his writing. This is the first ever literary memoir by an Alberta writer. It offers insights into the complex nature of the literary arts when practiced in western Canada.
George Melnyk is the author or editor of 30 books on Canadian topics. He is a former magazine and book publisher, an academic, and a long-time resident of Alberta, where he served as the Executive Director of the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts and President of the Writers Guild of Alberta. He is the recipient of the WGA's Golden Pen Award. He lives in Calgary.