|BookFest founder Dan Wells|
11.1.11, Ted Shaw, Windsor Star: BookFest attracts Famous Authors
...Biblioasis under Wells' shrewd guidance has produced several winning titles in recent years, including two Giller Prize nominees - Alexander MacLeod's Light Lifting in 2010, and the Clark Blaise collection this year.
Wells has been reading Blaise since his second-year creative writing class at the University of Windsor.
"My professor, Richard Hornsey, recommended both Clark Blaise's Tribal Justice and Kazuo Ishiguro's An Artist of the Floating World. Both of them blew me away, but Clark particularly.
"It's a great thing that I've been able to work with him. Again, it was the result of (BookFest).
The very first writer I thought to invite was Clark Blaise, and we developed a relationship from there."
Besides his fiction and nonfiction, the 71-year-old Blaise is a prominent teacher of creative writing, having launched one of Canada's first postgraduate writing courses at Montreal's Concordia University in the 1960s, and having served as director of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program... Read More
11.1.11, Jason Rehel, National Post: Clark Blaise maps the Indo-American experience
In life, Blaise moved between Fargo, N.D., where he was born to Canadian parents, Montreal, Iowa City, Toronto, Calcutta, Delhi and San Francisco, among other cities. In his literary output, Blaise flits across even more divides, between generations and races, regional boundaries within nation states — even the boundary between corporeal solidity and spiritual boundlessness. So it’s no surprise that Margaret Atwood’s blurb on his latest book, The Meagre Tarmac (Biblioasis, $19.95), calls Blaise a “master border-crosser.”
“Borders themselves are very close to the short-story form,” Blaise says in an interview in Toronto during the recent International Festival of Authors. “They compress, they keep things within a tight structure. And I think maybe I am more comfortable in the short story form than the novel. In the short story, the boundaries are pretty well defined and you have to stay within them. And I enjoy that compression, where everything counts, every act has a consequence. And the consequences of any action in a short story are manifest, especially if you’re a sensitive reader.” Read More