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An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading is a book by Dionne Brand.

Dionne Brand

The geopolitics of empire had already prepared me for this … coloniality constructs outsides and insides — worlds to be chosen, disturbed, interpreted, and navigated — in order to live something like a real self. Internationally acclaimed poet and novelist Dionne Brand reflects on her early reading of colonial literature and how it makes Black being inanimate. She explores her encounters with colonial, imperialist, and racist tropes; the ways that practices of reading and writing are shaped by those narrative structures; and the challenges of writing a narrative of Black life that attends to its own expression and its own consciousness. (From The University of Alberta Press)

Dionne ​Brand is an award-winning poet and novelist. She won the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry and the Trillium Book Award for her 1997 collection Land to Light On. She won the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize for Ossuaries. Her other books include the poetry works thirstyThe Blue Clerk and the novel What We All Long ForIn 2017, she was named to the Order of Canada.

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading is available in March 2020.

Interviews with Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand is the second-ever recipient of the Blue Metropolis Violet Literary Prize. Her latest books include the novel Theory and the poetry collection The Blue Clerk, which was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry. 54:00
Dionne Brand is one of Canada's most celebrated poets, with numerous accolades under her name including a Governor General's Award and the Order of Canada. Her latest book of poetry, The Blue Clerk, is shortlisted for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize. She talks about the act of writing poetry and shares a reading from the book. 18:38
Dionne Brand answers The Next Chapter's Proust Questionnaire. 6:00

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