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Jane Urquhart on writing The Stone Carvers

The Story

Jane Urquhart's 2001 novel, The Stone Carvers, weaves together the tale of one family, the First World War, and the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France. Writing it began with her discovery of a large church in a small town -- an example of art triumphing over rationality, as she tells CBC Hot Type host Evan Solomon. She linked her discovery to a long-time interest in writing about the sculptor Walter Allward, whose "monumental" Vimy Ridge Memorial to fallen Canadian soldiers was another example of how artists can be driven to create by their obsessions.

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Hot Type
Host: Evan Solomon
Guest: Jane Urquhart
Broadcast Date: April 6, 2001
Duration: 15:58

Did You know?

• Jane Urquhart was born June 21, 1949.  She is the author of several other novels, including The Whirlpool, Away, and The Underpainter. She won the 1998 Governor General's Award for fiction for The Underpainter, and The Stone Carvers was a Governor General's Literary Award finalist.

• Walter Allward was born in Toronto Nov. 18, 1876 and died there Apr. 24, 1955. He is best known for his design of the memorial to the soldiers of the First World War at Vimy, France. He began as a sculptor, and went on to design other monuments, including The South African Memorial in Toronto, The Baldwin-Lafontaine Monument on Parliament Hill, and The William Lyon Mackenzie King memorial in Queen's Park, Toronto.


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