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Best Kind: English professor edits collection of creative non-fiction

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In Best Kind: New Writing Made in Newfoundland, editor and essayist Dr. Robert Finley introduces 12 of the most exciting essay writers currently working in Newfoundland.

Highlighting a varied and electrifying range of new voices, this pioneering anthology presents the first generation of island writers to actively and consistently engage in the burgeoning field of creative non-fiction, blazing a trail into newfound territory.

True encounters

Inside the cover, you will find encounters with darkness, the body, a midnight moose, with memory and its absence, with a shared sinister pairing on your DNA, with the corporation, the beloved, with loss, with lunch, with a single, lustrous fig newton, with the altered gravity of trauma, the public swimming pool, sex, an extinct species, with a psychiatric ward, fireflies, the self and the wide, wide world.

Best Kind includes essays by Irene Velentzaz, Michelle Porter, Elena Slawinska, Bridget Canning, Paul Whittle, Amy Donovan, Heidi Wicks, John Robinson Blackmore, Joan Sullivan, Matthew Hollett, Eva Crocker and Danielle Devereaux.

Creative writing program

Dr. Finley, a professor in the Department of English at Memorial, has previously published The Accidental Indies, A Ragged Pen and K.L. Reich. He is also co-ordinator of Memorial’s creative writing program in which he teaches primarily creative non-fiction.

Best Kind: New Writing Made in Newfoundland is published by Breakwater Books.

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