Susan Musgrave

Susan Musgrave has published poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and children's literature. Her most recent titles include: You're in Canada Now...A Memoir of Sorts (essays, Thistledown Press); Cargo of Orchids (novel, Knopf), which became a national bestseller; and What the Small Day Cannot Hold: Collected Poems 1970-1985 (poetry, Beach Holme). Musgrave is also an editor, and has lent her writing ability to film and music. Her projects have won numerous awards that are as diverse as the bp Nichol Poetry Chapbook Award and the National Film Board's Kathleen Shannon Award. Musgrave was included in the 2008-2009 Royal BC Museum Free Spirit Project that featured the province's most famous and infamous people. Musgrave divides her time between Vancouver Island and Haida Qwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands).

 

 


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NOVEL
268 pages / paper

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ISBN: 978-1-927068-02-1
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The characters from Susan Musgrave’s Cargo of Orchids are back in this brilliantly engaging novel. Rainy, the Mexican-American woman, and Frenchy, the African-American, along with Musgrave’s narrator X have returned and convincingly insist their story is not done. Once inmates on death row, now reunited and hanging out at an old house in a BC outport, they create a grand new afterlife adventure. As we are shuttled along an energetic storyline in an old hearse, through gated communities in Vancouver to BC’s First Nations island outposts, we witness the transformation of lives on the slopes of purgatory. The passageways are rife with wild rides, social satire and visually hilarious encounters. Musgrave’s trademark undercurrents of lurking peril and unexpected havoc play out against murder, drug encounters, and sexual tension but Given is a novel with its own rules of engagement. Musgrave’s comic gifts and ability to transcend this earthly plane create a ghost story that becomes a masterful allegory for personal loss and the potency of love.

  • Shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Award for Fiction

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poetry

80 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-897235-67-6
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When the World is Not Our Home includes nearly fifty poems by one of Canada’s most distinctive literary voices. Selected from titles published between 1985 and 2000, these poems issued in small print runs became quickly out of print and are often now only available through rare book collectors. Part diviner, part sorceress, but always direct, confident and humorous, Susan Musgrave reaffirms readers of her distinctive place in Canadian letters.

“Musgrave approaches her subject in the manner of Salvador Dali — she distorts reality until it approximates her bizarre vision of the world.” — The Globe and Mail

“Tapping into fears and subconscious yearnings has been Susan Musgrave’s trademark from her earliest work, Songs of the Sea Witch, where she found inspiration and direction in classical and aboriginal mythology. Now she is able to locate the mythic element anywhere, in a death, a ferry ride, a failed photographic expedition, even in reading someone’s else’s collected poems!” — BC Bookworld

“She casts a spell and haunts us...she is a mythmaker...within her beats a heart that welcomes flooding darkness in which to brew special magic.” — Montreal Gazette

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essays

273 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-894345-95-8
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Evocative and superbly rakish, this collection is a generous diagnosis of the often offbeat worlds of family, writing, travel, sex and death as interpreted through the real-life adventures of Susan Musgrave. Equally at home recounting the lore of her outlaw husband, Stephen Reid, or interpreting the arcane rituals of her teenage girls, Musgrave brings to her literary essays that same invigorating freshness for which she has become known through her fiction and poetry. In settings ranging from the aching solitude of the Queen Charlotte Islands to the sweaty intensity of bandido apartments in Panama, Musgrave muses with her legendary wit and pastiche, while creating graffiti-like impressions of the writer’s essential take on those closest to her. One of Canada’s most publicized and popular writers, Susan Musgrave is unique, and this is the reader’s chance to get up close and personal.

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