Writing about place, within both poetry and fiction, will provide the theme for Darryl Whetter’s discussion during his Creative Minds presentation at AGNS Western Branch on Sunday, March 30.
An author, literary critic and professor, currently teaching at l'Université Sainte-Anne, Whetter will use his two most recent books as a basis for his reflections on this topic.
In Origins, his 2012 collection of poems, he will explore the official and unofficial fossil records around Joggins, Nova Scotia. Using his very different 2013 novel Keeping Things Whole, Whetter will discuss the layered smuggling history of Windsor, Ontario. Of the latter, he says, “Keeping Things Whole is a multi-generational smuggling epic that attends to Canada's contemporary marijuana export industry (what Forbes magazine calls our national crop), Prohibition rum-running, and the shifting legal and personal borders with which humans break and uphold different laws in similar places.”
Governor General Award winner Douglas Glover says that Whetter is intoxicated with language, adding, “He writes like a dream in a quick, urbane, and witty style.” As befits a poet who writes about the fossil record, he also served as editor of the primary nomination document for inclusion of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The public is invited to attend this presentation in the community room at the AGNS. No admission charge.