I wanted to know what else this person had to say! I know what acquiring editors look for and what will turn them away. His book of short stories, Young Men, followed in 1999. The book was illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. But Smith has also broadened his canvas to include not only pierced clubbers and scenester journalists but earnest Rosedale matrons and elder Caribbean poets. Bookseller: , New York, United States Anchor Canada, 2005. The novel was republished, under his own name, with a new introduction, by Biblioasis in 2008. Perhaps you have been witness to world events.
The slightest gesture is captured in a few words, yet illuminates not simply the moment, but a culture. He is also the author of the novel Noise , the award winning story collection Young Men , and an illustrated adult fable, The Princess and the Whiskheads. I first discovered Russell Smith by just picking up his recent collection of short stories, Confidence a challenging introduction! Russell Smith is one of those rare figures on the Canadian cultural scene who has the capacity to really enrage people. As a freelance reporter and cultural commentator, he has published in the New York Review of Books, Details, Toronto Life, Flare, Now, EnRoute and other journals. Size: Octavo standard book size. Your life has been fascinating.
A social satire of surprising nuance and maturity, Muriella Pent is a real step forward for the dandyish Mr. In short, Smith makes fun of everyone. Russell Claude Smith is a Canadian writer and newspaper columnist. Smith writes two weekly columns for : one in the Review section, on culture and language, and the other in the Style section, an advice column for men. This is an important and deeply affecting collection.
His new short story collection, Confidence, was published in 2015, and is longlisted for the 2015. But Muriella Pent works on a wider canvas; for all its psychological acuity it is profoundly, perhaps even primarily, a novel of place. Smith's Blindsided: How Twenty Years of Writing About Booze, Drugs and Sex Ended in the Blink of an Eye is available as an. Several of his former students have published novels and memoirs. Confidence was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month. Muriella Pent 2004 is a longer and more ambitious novel, concerning the arrival of a Caribbean writer of mixed race in the stodgy environment of official Canadian culture. Noise was published in German as Glamour by List Verlag.
At the outset of the new book, a highly politicized arts committee must award a grant to bring a distinguished international novelist to Toronto for a six-month residence. The illustrations were by Wesley Bates. Perhaps you have survived stunning adversity. Smith grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was shortlisted for the , and named as Best Fiction of 2004 by Amazon.
. I can help you create a manuscript to submit to a conventional publisher, or advise you on how to publish it yourself, or even share it with a smaller network — family or professional — in new ways. Let me help you tell it. The two visitors to the house — young English majors Brian and Julia — are interesting secondary characters who become embroiled in an improbable love quadrangle with Muriella and Royston. Russell Smith lives in Toronto. Backed into a corner, the committee reluctantly decides to accept his application. I also take on a small number of students with whom I work to develop their literary voice, in fiction or non-fiction.
Smith grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The novel was republished, under his own name, with a new introduction, by Biblioasis in 2008. Muriella Pent, in the Arts and Crafts oasis of Stilwoode Park in Toronto, is widowed, free, sometimes unhappy, and perhaps a little uncontrolled. The lead candidate is one Marcus Royston, an Oxford-educated Caribbean poet once known for his groundbreaking post-colonial writings. Smith was born with complete complex , having inherited the deformity from his father and grandfather; Smith's own son, Hugo, was born with the condition. There is wisdom you can share. His novel Girl Crazy was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2010.
Other works Smith's only non-fiction book is Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide To Dress 2005. Let me help you craft and structure your story as a compelling narrative, full of colour and drama. His book of short stories, Young Men, followed in 1999. As a freelance reporter and cultural commentator, he has published in the New York Review of Books, Details, Toronto Life, Flare, Now, EnRoute and other journals. How Insensitive was nominated for the , at that time the most prestigious Canadian literary prize. But Marcus is not simply a maverick: he is honest, pained, doubly in exile from a home he is ambivalent about, in sight of old age, and genuinely moved by his connection to Muriella and Julia.
Toronto is a vivid presence, from the roti shops on St. As satire and social observation, as an exploration of what art should be and do, as a study of sex as a prime mover in the messy triumphs of our lives, Muriella Pent is unmatched. And — rarest of all qualities in Canadian writers — he is witty and sometimes even mean. He also teaches writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. He has been writer-in-residence at the Toronto Reference Library and at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon.
Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. From his arrival he is a disruptive presence: he instantly flirts with his hostess and most everyone else , drinks too much, and is constitutionally unable to use the buzzword-heavy language of victimhood, appropriation, and community spoken in the Toronto arts world. Smith's novels and short stories are mostly set in Toronto, where he lives. Notes in ink on rfep. This involves regular meeting and coaching through the writi ng of a complete book. The combination of wit and perception in Muriella Pent--and its brilliant dialogue, beautiful descriptive prose, assured handling of racial politics, and exact observation of modern types--underlines Russell Smith's claim to be one of Canada's subtlest, sharpest writers. The novel is not without problems.