The Story that Brought Me Here: To Alberta from Everywhere

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Linda Goyette
Brindle and Glass, 2008 - Literary Collections - 213 pages
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Thousands of newcomers are pouring into Alberta from around the globe, bringing unexpected gifts. Many are writers and storytellers.

What pulls them to Canada? What happens to them on the journey? What experiences have they deliberately left behind? What treasures do they bring? How do they describe their emerging sense of place and their creative aspirations in a new home?

In this moving collection of stories and poems, writers from around the world share their thoughts on creating a life in Alberta. Expressed with beauty and clarity, and sometimes translated from the writer's native tongue, these very personal accounts of joy and sadness, regret and humour, homesickness and exuberance, describe the defining moments of a departure and an arrival.

Contributors to The Story That Brought Me Here include Jalal Barzanji, Edmonton's first Writers in Exile; Rita Espeschit, Thuc Cong, Mohammed Al-Nassar, Monika Igali, Sabah Tahir, Therezinha Franca Kennedy, Sangmok Lee, Sudhir Jain, Yi Li, Athiann Makuach Garang, Marsh Hoke, Tortor Maruku, Reinekke Lengelle, Brian Brennan, A.K. Rashid, June Smith-Jeffries, Magdalena Witkowsky, Anna Mioduchowska, Ikponwosa I.K. Ero and Comfort Adesuwa Ero, Wilma Rubens, Patricia Lopez de Vloothduis, Neung-jae Park Mary Cavill, Mansoor Ladha, Chantal Hitayezu and many others. With photographs by Shabnam Sukhdev.

 

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Contents

LINDA GOYETTE
1
RITA ESPESCHIT
15
ATHIANN MAKUACH GARANG
33
A K R A S H I D
49
NDUKA 0TI0N0
63
MARSH HOKE
77
IKPONWOSA I K ERO AND COMFORT ADESUWA
103
PETER MIDGLEY
117
NUNG JAI PARK
131
MIEKE ALEXANDER
144
Political Amputee
156
AUGUSTINEMARAH
175
MANS00R LADHA
189
REVEREND BASIL SOLOUNIAS
203
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Linda Goyette is an Edmonton writer and journalist with an interest in Canadian history. A frequent contributor to Canadian magazines, she wrote for the "Edmonton Journal" for twenty years as a reporter, editorial writer, and editorial page columnist. She has won two National Newspaper Awards and a National Magazine Award. "Standing Together: Women Speak Out About Violence and Abuse" and "Kidmonton" are two of her most recent books.

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