A Room at the Heart of Things: The Work That Came to Me

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Elisabeth Harvor
Véhicule Press, 1997 - Fiction - 183 pages

A lively, quirky collection of short stories, poetry, and memoir vignettes from published (Nino Ricci, Robyn Sarah, Rhea Tregebov) and unpublished writers Harvor has met over the years in workshops and as a writer-in-residence in universities and libraries across Canada. Work that has nerve and verve and is close to the bone: this is what I've looked for during the years I've been a workshop leader and writer-in-residence. So that when I made copies of poems or stories that I loved, it was always because the work lived and breathed, or because it was, in an original and off-the-cuff way, thoughtful or profound. Which is how these stories and poems became (along with some memoir pieces) the 'work that came to me.' I didn't have to solicit or select or reject, I was already a collector. And so it gives me great pleasure to invite others to read this collection of writers who I feel will matter in the future because their work already has such force and élan. -- Elisabeth Harvor

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ELISABETH HARVOR's first novel, Excessive Joy Injures the Heart, was named one of the ten best books of the year by the Toronto Star in 2000 and her most recent story collection is Let Me Be the One, a finalist for the Governor General's Award. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, among them The Malahat Review, PRISM international, The New Yorker, and anthologies in Canada, the US, Mexico, and Europe. She won the Alden Nowlan Award in 2000 and was the 2003 winner of the Marian Engel Award.

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