Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New book: Is Canada Even Real? by Jennifer Villamere

Hey, Brian!
I attended your Algonquin Retreat last year and I had previously attended your 'How to get an agent' workshop.
Now I have an agent, a publisher (Dundurn Press), AND WALMART IS SELLING MY BOOK IN-STORE! (Also it's available at Chapters here and from Dundurn here.)
Thanks so much & talk soon,
J.C. Villamere
Is Canada Even Real? How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip-Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe
This quirky ode to a quirky land is a humorous nostalgia trip and a fun Canadian history lesson couched in a hipster quiz book.
If you've ever wondered
- Why is the inuksuk more revered than Wheelchair Jimmy?
- Does the iconic beaver really represent us better than The Littlest Hobo?
- Is everyone going canoeing without me or is canoeing way less of a thing than it's made out to be?
… then this book is for you.
Jen Villamere
Is Canada even real? It's a question that's being asked more and more, thanks to our waterproof, see-through, supposedly maple-scented currency and our improbably hot prime minister's assertion that Santa lives here.
In the age of Google Maps and #factcheck, how could the existence of Canada be questioned? And yet how could a nation that's the home of toboggans, Drake, and KD exist in the same realm as, say, Belgium or Niger?
Is Canada Even Real? examines the cultural factors behind the twenty-first-century monolithic myth of Canada, a nation that is lovable and real – if only in your imagination.

For information about submitting to Dundurn Press, see here.
For information about our next Algonquin Retreat, see here.
Check out the book trailer and an interview with Jen at Dundurn Press here.
Buy a copy from Dundurn Press here, or a Kobo edition from Indigo here.  

 See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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