The East Side of It All
Joseph A. Dandurand
The East Side of It All draws on Joseph Dandurand's first-hand experiences of life as a drug user and single-room occupant in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and of the ongoing process of healing through reconnection with family, the natural world and traditional Indigenous (Kwantlen) storytelling. His voice is lyrical yet intimate, obscured yet sitting with you at the kitchen table having a cigarette. The East Side of It All is the journey of a broken man who finally accepts his storytelling gift and shares with the world his misery, joy and laughter. Dandurand's previous poetry collection was shortlisted for the 2020 Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry. (From Harbour Publishing)
Joseph A. Dandurand is a poet from the Kwantlen First Nation. His other collections include The Rumour and SH:LAM (The Doctor). He was the Vancouver Public Library's 2019 Indigenous storyteller in residence. The East Side of It All is one of two books by Duandurand on this list. The other is I Will Be Corrupted.
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