Prolific B.C. writer’s story the topic of He Speaks in Volumes: A Biography of George Bowering

He Speaks Volumes: A Biography of George Bowering

Rebecca Wigod | Talonbooks

$24.95

Writer Rebecca Wigod first started talking with two-time Governor General’s Award winner, Order of Canada recipient and former Poet Laureate George Bowering about his life and work back in 2011.

Now, after seven years and many interviews with the 83-year-old Bowering, Wigod has delivered the first biography of the widely acclaimed B.C. author (he has 100 books across genres to his credit).

Out now from Talonbooks, He Speaks Volumes: A Biography of George Bowering has 20 chapters — Bowering’s preferred length for a book according to Wigod.

Also a teacher and tireless supporter of other writers, Bowering, according to Wigod, right now is “interested in the late 16th- and early 17th-century English sonnet sequence. He’s reading these, reading about them and also writing about them, a little.”

The road to this project began with Wigod’s love of a good literary biography. Finally, after years of reading those types of books she decided she wanted to have a go at writing one herself.

“I thought about who in Western Canada deserved a detailed biography but didn’t have one,” said Wigod, a former features writer and books pages editor at The Vancouver Sun. “Into my mind came George Bowering, known for being prolific, for having received countless awards and honours — a man with a big personality, quick with a quip.

“I’d interviewed him in 2005, after he’d finished being Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate,” added Wigod. “I liked his style. I wondered about his substance, so I started reading him.”

We got Victoria’s Wigod to answer a few questions about getting Bowering down on the page.

Author Rebecca Wigod spent seven years working on her new book He Speaks Volumes: A Biography of George Bowering. The book about the Canadian literary legend is out now. Photo credit: Douglas Harrison

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Author Rebecca Wigod spent seven years working on her new book He Speaks Volumes: A Biography of George Bowering. The book about the Canadian literary legend is out now. Photo credit: Douglas Harrison [PNG Merlin Archive]

Q: What did you say to convince him to participate in this book?

A: He didn’t need much convincing. He’d been expecting someone to

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

      

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