Billy Ray Belcourt Launches A History of My Brief Body

Billy Ray Belcourt Launches A History of My Brief Body
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Thu 28 May 2020
Thursday 28 May 2020
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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and Penguin Random House present:

BILLY-RAY BELCOURT launches A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY a memoir

5711 Park Ave, Montréal, QC H2V 4S8

Thursday 28th May 2020, 19h

(Présentation en anglais)

**Please note: the book is set to launch 19 May 2020. Copies may not be available before this date.**

BILLY-RAY BELCOURT (he/him) is a writer and scholar from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut collection, This Wound Is a World, which was also a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. His second book of poetry, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, was longlisted for Canada Reads 2020. A recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and an Indspire Award, Belcourt is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Creative Writing at UBC.

A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY a memoir

The youngest ever winner of the Griffin Prize mines his own personal history to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be.

Billy-Ray Belcourt's debut memoir opens with a tender letter to his kokum and memories of his early life in the hamlet of Joussard, Alberta, and on the Driftpile First Nation. From there, it expands to encompass the big and broken world around him, in all its complexity and contradictions: a legacy of colonial violence and the joy that flourishes in spite of it, first loves and first loves lost, sexual exploration and intimacy, and the act of writing as a survival instinct and a way to grieve. What emerges is not only a profound meditation on memory, gender, anger, shame, and ecstasy, but also the outline of a way forward. With startling honesty, and in a voice distinctly and assuredly his own, Belcourt situates his life experiences within a constellation of seminal queer texts, among which this book is sure to earn its place. Eye-opening, intensely emotional, and excessively quotable, A History of My Brief Body demonstrates over and over again the power of words to both devastate and console us.

HEATHER O'NEILL is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, Daydreams of Angels, and The Lonely Hearts Hotel, has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Fiction, The Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize in two consecutive years, and has won CBC Canada Reads, The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Danuta Gleed Award. She is the latest recipient of the Writer's Trust Fellowship.

She has written and produced content for VICE, CBC, Huffington Post Canada, Paper Magazine, and Cult Montreal. Her fiction has appeared in Luna Station Quarterly 035, Nevertheless: Tesseracts Twenty-One and Selected Poems by Indie Rock Stars. She is a member of the QWF and CSFFA.

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