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Die Autobiographie

Atlantik


Jeder kennt die skurrile, aber stets freundliche Miss Marple und den exzentrisch-pedantischen Poirot, jeder kennt den Namen ihrer Schöpferin Agatha Christie, doch wer war der Mensch hinter der Schreibmaschine? Zu Lebzeiten öffentlichkeitsscheu, gab Agatha Christie keine Interviews und verriet nichts über ihr Privatleben. Erst posthum brach die Queen of Crime ihr Schweigen. Ein Jahr nach ihrem Tod wurde ihre Autobiographie veröffentlicht, in der sie von ihrer Kindheit, zwei Ehen und zwei Weltkriegen erzählte, von ihrem Leben als Autorin und von den archäologischen Expeditionen ihres zweiten Ehemannes Max Mallowan. Eine Autobiographie, die ebenso spannend und lebendig erzählt ist wie ihre Romane.

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»Ihre Autobiographie, die ebenso auch eine Chronik Englands und des 20. Jahrhunderts ist, zeigt eine Frau voller Lebenslust und Charme und verrät, welche Genialität ihrem Erfolg zugrunde liegt.«

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»Christies Autoobiographie,  in der sie von Kindheit, Ehen und Kriegen erzählt, zeigt eine Frau mit Lebenslust und verdeutlicht, welche Genialität ihrem Erfolg zugrunde liegt.«

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»Das Schöne an der Lebensgeschichte der Agatha Christie ist, dass die so völlig uneitel geschrieben ist.«

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»Unterhaltsam, bisweilen amüsant, dann wieder melancholisch gefärbt.«

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»Was hat sie nicht alles erlebt! Und sie erzählt davon so unterhaltsam, dass es spannender und amüsanter zu lesen ist, als mancher Miss-Marple-Fall...«

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»Ihre Autobiografie ist ein Glücksfall. Denn sie macht mit einer liebenswerten, einzigartigen Persönlichkeit bekannt, die an technischen und gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen ihrer Zeit teilhaben lässt.«

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»(...) ist nicht weniger unterhaltsam, vergnüglich und spannend als ihre in aller Welt bekannten Detektiv- und Spionagegeschichten.«

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Agatha Christie begründete den modernen britischen Kriminalroman und avancierte im Laufe ihres Lebens zur bekanntesten Krimiautorin aller Zeiten. Ihre beliebten Helden Hercule Poirot und Miss Marple sind - auch durch die Verfilmungen - einem Millionenpublikum bekannt. 1971 wurde sie in den Adelsstand erhoben. Agatha Christie starb 1976 im Alter von 85 Jahren.

 
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From Vancouver-based writer Chelene Knight, Dear Current Occupant is a creative non-fiction memoir about home and belonging set in the 80s and 90s of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Using a variety of forms, Knight reflects on her childhood through a series of letters addressed to all of the current occupants now living in the twenty different houses she moved in and out of with her mother and brother. From blurry non-chronological memories of trying to fit in with her own family as the only mixed East Indian/Black child, to crystal clear recollections of parental drug use, Knight draws a vivid portrait of memory that still longs for a place and a home.

Peering through windows and doors into intimate, remembered spaces now occupied by strangers, Knight writes to them in order to deconstruct her own past. From the rubble of memory she then builds a real place in order to bring herself back home.

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Praise for Dear Current Occupant:

"Knight is a poet at heart, somewhat disinclined to follow the dusty rules of prose writing, and we are all richer for it. This memoir is built from shards of pure resilience, expertly pieced together into a compelling—and at times devastating—chronicle of youth, family, and sense of place. From Clark Drive to Commercial and Broadway, Dear Current Occupant is a love song to East Vancouver—it is a map of scars, and as everyone knows, scars make for good storytelling." —Carleigh Baker, author of Bad Endings, finalist for the 2018 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

"Dear Current Occupant is an astonishing book: haunting, intimate, and deeply rendered. A lyrical memoir set against the backdrop of Vancouver's gritty East Side, it triumphantly melds together prose, poetry, letters and imagery, to illuminate the pain of un-belonging, the search for a home, and the power of words to heal and transform us. It is a book that boldly takes risks, unafraid and brimming with raw energy, tenderness, and heartbreaking beauty. Chelene Knight emerges as a fierce new voice in Canadian literature, deserving of our full attention." —Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Best Place on Earth

"I want to thank Chelene Knight for not forcing her memoir into a point "a to b" narrative. Too often complex and stigmatized stories are dumbed-down, but Knight elevates! She uplifts both her her experiences and the poetic prose and hybrid forms used to share these experiences. Dear Current Occupant will surely become a nuanced creative touchstone that shows us how our stories of survival can and should be told." —Amber Dawn, author of Sub Rosa and How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir

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Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver, and is currently the Managing Editor of Room Magazine. A graduate of The Writers' Studio at SFU, Chelene has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Her debut book, Braided Skin, was published in 2015. Dear Current Occupant is her second book. Chelene is also working on a historical novel set in the 1930s and 40s in Vancouver's Hogan's Alley.

 
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Xwelíqwiya

Athabasca University Press | Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters


Xwelíqwiya is the life story of Rena Point Bolton, a Stó:lō matriarch, artist, and craftswoman. Proceeding by way of conversational vignettes, the beginning chapters recount Point Bolton's early years on the banks of the Fraser River during the Depression. While at the time the Stó:lō, or Xwélmexw, as they call themselves today, kept secret their ways of life to avoid persecution by the Canadian government, Point Bolton’s mother and grandmother schooled her in the skills needed for living from what the land provides, as well as in the craftwork and songs of her people, passing on a duty to keep these practices alive. Point Bolton was taken to a residential school for the next several years and would go on to marry and raise ten children, but her childhood training ultimately set the stage for her roles as a teacher and activist. Recognizing the urgent need to forge a sense of cultural continuity among the younger members of her community, Point Bolton visited many communities and worked with federal, provincial, and First Nations politicians to help break the intercultural silence by reviving knowledge of and interest in Aboriginal art. She did so with the deft and heartfelt use of both her voice and her hands.

Over the course of many years, Daly collaborated with Point Bolton to pen her story. At once a memoir, an oral history, and an “insider” ethnography directed and presented by the subject herself, the result attests both to Daly’s relationship with the family and to Point Bolton’s desire to inspire others to use traditional knowledge and experience to build their own distinctive, successful, and creative lives.

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Rena Point Bolton is a Xwélmexw artist and weaver who lives in northern British Columbia.

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Richard Daly is a social anthropologist, translator, editor, and Aboriginal rights consultant. Originally from a fishing and forestry community on the Pacific Coast, Daly now resides in Norway near Oslo.

 
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Almost a Great Escape

Goose Lane Editions


Winner of the W.O. Mitchell Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction, and the Alberta Readers' Choice Award

Following his mothers death in 2004, Tyler Trafford discovers an album of old letters and creased photographs that reveal a mother he never knew, a man hes never heard of, and a love affair doomed by class and circumstance. The letters are from Jens Müller, a Norwegian pilot who trained in Canada during the early days of World War II, one of only three prisoners who would make it home after The Great Escape.

In Almost a Great Escape, Trafford takes us on a journey of emotional discovery and dramatic disclosure as he reconstructs his mothers life, from her youth as a wealthy Montreal debutante to her final days as a broken but unbent casualty of a loveless marriage. His search for answers takes him across Canada and then across the ocean to Norway, hoping to learn more about the mystery of this secret relationship.

Written with a fluidity fueled by heart-wrenching honesty, Traffords unconventional memoir confirms that while you can survive your past, you can never escape from it. Almost a Great Escape includes photographs as well as excerpts and reproductions of telegrams and letters Jens sent from England and Stalag Luft III.

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"Tyler Trafford exposes an elaborately intertwined story of family, romance, war, and love's aftermath. His multi-genre approach is both lyrical and admirably adapted to the challenge of the story he both unearths and illuminates."

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"As his own reflections intermingle with Alice's letters, the book becomes a moving story of love between a mother who dreamed of being a writer and a son who became one."

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"Tyler Trafford uses his creative ingenuity to bring the story of his late mother's secret love to life. Told with great flair and extraordinary skill, this captivating tale is an engrossing voyage of discovery and revelation."

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"Trafford is a mesmerizing writer with a style all his own.... The story of a secret love affair, it is a wonderfully twisted story of a Westmount upper class family, romance in war, and the scars that come from not taking a chance on love."

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"This is not a sentimental love story. It belongs in another, higher category. It's one that people of both sexes and any age past puberty will appreciate. And incidentally, it's a fine piece of writing and composing."

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"Letters in love and war reveal the most about the human condition. Tyler Trafford takes us inside a wartime romance, situates it at the heart of the most celebrated escape of the Second World War, and delivers a moving account of his own search to understand a parent and his own condition."

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"There are a handful of characters in a reader's life that are real, their wakes resonating like ghosts. Such is Alice Tyler, conjured by her son, writer Tyler Trafford, in his epistolary biography, Almost a Great Escape. She is so evoked you will taste her in a glass of vodka.... Trafford's writing swims with the heady heat of a slow, balmy, never-ending childhood summer. He builds towers with his words, stacking adjectives to describe the slow-motion escape of a lovesick war hero and building to a satisfying, thought-provoking conclusion."

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Tyler Trafford worked for many years as a reporter and editor first with the Calgary Herald, then in Australia with the Australian and later with the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. When he returned to Canada, he began writing biographies, histories, and works of fiction, including The Story of Blue Eye, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Grant McEwan Author's Award. He now divides his time between Calgary and his studio on the Oldman River near Pincher Creek, Alberta.

 
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Her Paraphernalia, the new book of creative non-fiction from noted Canadian poet Margaret Christakos, presents an intimate and original collection of midlife writings that seeks to make readers think in a very personalized way about family geneology, private sexuality and life changes, including those experiences that exist at the intersections of contemporary digital culture.

Through a sequence of ten études (consisting of entre-genre pieces, including prose and lyric poetry, experimental writing that integrates elements of social media posts, and other forms), Christakos's virtuosity with language and wordplay tantalizes, as she explores women's and girls' relationship to self-portraiture in the age of social media, and considers aspects of how we negotiate our public and private identities as women, mothers and daughters. Christakos takes as her starting point the reproductive touchstones of ages 15 and 50, and in this light, reflects upon the closeness and distances between herself, her own daughter, and her Greek and English immigrant grandmothers.

Written as a love song to her mother and daughter, Her Paraphernalia is at once a personal and yet wholly personable entrée into major themes that so many people of all ages and stages can relate to—self-identity, the beauty of the selfie, social media, partnership, miscarriage, menstruation, sexual lust, solo travel, depression, menopause, the death of a parent, the writing life, divorce, and women's transgenerational vitality, among others.

Interesting, unusually honest and open-minded, this collection will find a welcome audience among intelligent, self-actualizing women interested in contemporary culture and feminist questions; mothers of young women; women in midlife who may be experiencing mother-loss, menopause, empty nest, and divorce and those who self-direct their sexuality; readers interested in the overlap of artists who are mothers, and vice versa; and poets and readers interested in Christakos's oeuvre in general.

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Praise for Margaret Christakos:

"Easily one of our most daring, consistently inventive and deeply engaged contemporary Canadian poets." —rob mclennan

"In Christakos's work the public and private are emphatically not separate. Multitudes provides readers with a poetics well tuned to rearticulate an insistently present tense." —Jason Weins, Quill and Quire

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Joni Murphy is a writer and artist living in New York City. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, she has shown and published work in the US, Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Serbia, and Greece. Her creative output takes the form of poetry, criticism, curatorial projects, audio, and performance. She has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was an artist in residence with Sound Development City's 2016 expedition to Belgrade and Athens. Double Teenage is her debut novel.

 
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Deep Salt Water

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Deep Salt Water is an intimate memoir about abortion, expressed through a layering of language and imagery of the ocean. The story gravitates around the reconnection and ongoing entanglements of a couple who'd had an abortion twenty years earlier. Interdisciplinary in nature and entre-genre in style, Deep Salt Water is organized as thirty-seven separate pieces, divided into three sections (or 'trimesters') that detail the couple's love affair and unwanted pregnancy; the abortion itself; their separation and tenuous reconnection; and the sorrowful, urgent attempt to come to terms with the abortion and its consequences.

Included in its pages are two innovative elements—a series of collages by visual artist Catherine Mellinger and a section entitled the 'Afterbirth,' which discusses environmental issues that informed Apostolides' writing and moves the book from a place of intense intimacy to an outward focus that engages with the broader world and our shared responsibility and hope.

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Praise for Marianne Apostolides:

"Apostolides' prose delights and takes pleasure in the slipperiness of language itself." —Canadian Literature

"Apostolides is a kind of fan dancer among thematic imponderables." —The Globe and Mail

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A recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Marianne Apostolides is the author of six books, including three critically-acclaimed titles published by BookThug: Swim, Voluptuous Pleasure (listed among the Top 100 Books of 2012 by Toronto's The Globe and Mail), and Sophrosyne. Marianne lives in Toronto with her two children.

 
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Mother of the Regiment and Other Remarkable Women of Newfoundland and Labrador

Flanker Press


An advocate for veterans, a photographer, a writer, a suffragist, an opera singer. Five remarkable women who pushed boundaries and made a difference at the turn of the twentieth century. But history then was about men, and no one wrote about these women. Their stories faded from memory and then disappeared for decades. Here now are those stories.

May Furlong — Advocate for Veterans

Elsie Holloway — Photographer

Lydia Campbell — Writer

Armine Gosling — Suffragist

Georgina Stirling — Opera Singer

Five biographies detailing the ambition, intelligence, compassion, and grit they all shared. The obstacles they overcame, the tragedies they endured, the incredible success they achieved. Discover how May Furlong, Elsie Holloway, Lydia Campbell, Armine Gosling, and Georgina Stirling pressed against the social norms of a century ago and helped change life and attitudes in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Susan Chalker Browne is a writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her other works include The Story of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist and the young adult novel The Secret Life of a Funny Girl. Susan has won writing awards from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, the Cuffer Prize, and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Atlantic Writing Competition. She is married to Dennis Browne, and they have four grown children.

 
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Éditions Carte blanche and Athabasca University Press


La biographie de Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle raconte la vie d'une jeune Canadienne d'humble origine qui tombe en amour avec le curé de son village, et qui en subit les terribles conséquences pour le reste de ses jours. L'histoire de cette femme s'étend sur plus d'un siècle (de 1858 à 1973), une période qui voit surgir plusieurs événements déterminants de l'histoire du Canada dont la Grande Dépression.

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Claire Trépanier habite à Ottawa depuis 1973. Ses expériences professionnelles en enseignement et en développement international, l'ont amenée à côtoyer des individus de multiples pays et nourri son intérêt pour le vécu et les divers modes de vie des gens de la planète. Maintenant à la retraite, Trépanier écrit à plein temps. Ce premier livre reflète son admiration pour l'endurance, l'esprit dynamique et le courage indomptable des femmes.

 
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Winner, Atlantic Independent Booksellers Choice Award and Best Atlantic Published Book Award

Shortlisted, British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and National Business Book Award

Were the Gallery's treasures gifts or loans? Was Lord Beaverbrook careless or devious? Jacques Poitras sifts through the personal correspondence, takes stock of the witnesses and testimony at the 2006 arbitration hearings, and interviews the combatants of a bitter legal battle that rocked the art world on both sides of the Atlantic. Deftly connecting the pieces of this historic jigsaw puzzle, he tells a fascinating tale peopled with an arresting cast of characters — from the self-proclaimed "master propagandist" to the present-day heirs of the Beaverbrook legacy.

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"Take a cantankerous patriarch, throw in some very famous paintings and a family at war — and you have the ingredients of a gripping thriller. In Jacques Poitras's skillful hands they become something more: a wise meditation on a friendship that went very wrong."

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"Take a cantankerous patriarch, throw in some very famous paintings and a family at war — and you have the ingredients of a gripping thriller. In Jacques Poitras's skillful hands they become something more: a wise meditation on a friendship that went very wrong."

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"Riveting."

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"A journalistic tour-de-force."

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"Jacques Poitras has written a delicious story about the battle for Lord Beaverbrook's paintings. He has used a brilliant cast of characters — a mix of canny homegrown New Brunswickers and powerful British aristocrats — to pull together an important work of social and political history. Yes, this is a big, important book, but it's also a helluva lot of fun to read."

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Jacques Poitras has been CBC Radio's provincial affairs reporter in New Brunswick since 2000. He has written numerous award-winning feature documentaries and has appeared on Radio-Canada, National Public Radio, and the BBC. His first book was the critically acclaimed The Right Fight: Bernard Lord and the Conservative Dilemma. He lives near Fredericton.

 
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Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs

Second Story Press | Women's Hall of Fame Series


This collection of biographies profiles ten creative business leaders who have proven that entrepreneurial women can not only succeed in business, they can also bring about positive change. Against all odds, African-American Madam C.J. Walker, born in 1867, became a self-made millionaire who promoted civil rights and opposed racism. Designer Dorothy Shaver, The Body Shop founder, Dame Anita Roddick, and high-finance expert Naina Lal Kidwai built businesses based on integrity, responsibility and respect. Among the growing number of women entrepreneurs making a name for themselves are Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, innovative mobility products developer Sue Chen, Tanzanian aviation founder Susan Mashibe, Aboriginal media promoter Nicole Robertson, construction company president Kelsey Ramsden, and water-tech CEO Jodi Glover.

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Jill Bryant is always on the look-out for trailblazing women's stories. She is the author of two other books in the Women's Hall of Fame Series: Dazzling Women Designers and Amazing Women Athletes. A writer and freelance editor, Jill lives in Kingston Ontario.

 
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