The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging

Edited by Michelle van der Merwe


June 2017, PB, 224 pages

ISBN 9780772670526


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?


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.


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Dimensions 24.1 x 21.6 cm


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