STAN PERSKY is a writer, commentator on the media, and a professor of philosophy at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Originally from Chicago, he settled in Vancouver after a tour as a merchant marine. He is the author of twenty-one books, which include At the Lenin Shipyard: Poland and the Rise of the Solidarity Trade Union; Buddy's: Meditations on Desire; Then We Take Berlin: Stories from the Other Side of Europe; and Topic Sentence: A Writer's Education. He has won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize of the BC Book Prizes (2006) and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence in 2010. The contributors to this festschrift in honour of Stan Persky include Thomas Marquard, Alberto Manguel, Nadya Al-Wakeel, Myrna Kostash, Scott Watson, George Stanley, Slavenka Draculic, Hedwig Wingler-Tax, John Dixon, John Giorno, Pierre Coupey, John Ralston Saul, Don Akenson, Norbert Ruebsaat, David Farwell, Robin Blaser, Tom Sandborn, Brian Fawcett, Gerald Stanley, Daniel Gawthrop, Sharon Thesen, and George Bowering. Their essays, poems, artwork, and commentaries address concerns familiar to Stan Persky, whose life as a public intellectual has led him to write poetry, award-winning works of creative non-fiction, and to be at the forefront of many of contemporary society's most significant battles: death and mortality, the plight of our First Nations peoples, gay liberation, desire, the alternative media, the philosophy of language, Plato, history, ideas and the act of thinking, and, above all else, friendship.
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Brian Fawcett is the author of several works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, including My Career with the Leafs and Cambodia: A Book for People Who Find Television Too Slow. His book Virtual Clearcut: Or, the Way Things Are in My Home Town won the Pearson Prize for non-fiction in 2004. He was formerly a columnist for The Globe and Mail, an editor at Books in Canada, and is now a founding editor and contributor to dooneyscafe.com. Fawcett was born in Prince George, BC, and currently lives in Toronto.
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