Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Categories: Episodes |
Some writers set their work in far-flung lands, taking readers on journeys all over the world and beyond. Other writers stay put, etching their oeuvre in a particular place, bringing their reader ever-deeper into the culture, people, and soul of a place. Jack Hodgins is most definitely the latter. He has put Vancouver Island on the literary map of Canada.
Jack Hodgins published his first book, "Spit Delaney's Island", in 1976. Since then he has won many awards for his work, including the Governor General's Award in 1979 for "The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne". In 1988, he won the Commonwealth Literature Prize for "The Honorary Patron". Jack Hodgin's most recent book, "The Master of Happy Endings", was published in 2010.
Shelagh spoke with Jack Hodgins as part of our Master Class series. Their conversation was broad, jumping from Jack's childhood on a stump ranch in north-central Vancouver Island, to the moment he realized he wanted to be a writer, to his long career as a writer and teacher of creative writing at the University of Victoria.
Their conversation was too lengthy to fit onto an episode of The Next Chapter, but too good to keep to ourselves, so we offer it to you here in its extended, unedited form.