The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging

Edited by Michelle van der Merwe

$27.95

“This book opens the door to new thinking, and encourages us to step through.” – Dave Obee, Times Colonist

June 2017, PB, 224 pages

ISBN 9780772670526

Description

What is family? Is it defined by blood and birth? Or can we invite whomever we want into that intimate embrace?

The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging invites readers to pull up a guest chair at the family table.

Twenty contributors from across British Columbia—including museum curators, cultural luminaries, writers and thinkers young and old from First Nations, LGBTQ, Japanese Canadian and Punjabi communities, among others—share their vastly differing perspectives on what family means.

This superb collection of personal narratives, poems and essays will provoke, tease, enlighten and infuriate. Isn’t that what family does best?

STORIES, POEMS AND ESSAYS BY

Jack Lohman, Sadhu Binning, Martha Black, Don Bourdon, Kathryn Bridge, Tzu-I Chung, Shushma Datt, Mo Dhaliwal, Zoé Duhaime, barbara findlay, Lynn Greenhough, Judith I. Guichon, Lorne F. Hammond, Joy Kogawa, Patrick Lane, Luke Marston, Bev Sellars, Monique Gray Smith, Ann-Bernice Thomas and Larry Wong.

 

Additional information

Dimensions 24.1 x 21.6 cm

3 reviews for The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging

  1. “Odds are, it will shake the reader’s concept of what a family is…. This book opens the door to new thinking, and encourages us to step through.” – Dave Obee, Times Colonist

  2. “Everyone’s idea of family is different: There’s the classic nuclear familyof mother, father and kids; there are extended branches of kinship within Indigenous communities; and some ctivists eschew biological families for social networks. The folks at the Royal Bc Musum have therefore included a wide spectrum for The Language of Family…” – BC Bookworld

  3. “Whether connected by blood or experience, the twenty contributors to this collection have offered enlightening and thought-provoking perspectives through this compilation of works.” – Vancouver Sun

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