Wordfest Presents Billy-Ray Belcourt (A History Of My Brief Body)
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
From Billy-Ray Belcourt, the youngest ever winner of the Griffin Prize for This Wound Is A World, comes a startlingly honest debut memoir, A History Of My Brief Body. This event features an on-stage interview followed by a Q&A and book signing.
About A History Of My Brief Body
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. The work 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 through the grief.
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.
“Bursting with all the movements of sex, riot, and repose, this book presents us with a shock of recognition and reclamation, and we are better for it―punch drunk and aching but, oh, so much better. I’m gutted by his brilliant mind” – Cherie Dimaline
About Billy-Ray Belcourt
Billy-Ray Belcourt is a poet, author, and scholar from the Driftpile Cree Nation. His debut collection, This Wound Is a World, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, and the recipient of the Griffin Prize. Belcourt is a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and an Indspire Award, the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows on its leaders. He is currently working on his PhD at the University of Alberta and will begin working as an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Creative Writing for UBC's Creative Writing Program in January 2020.
- “12 LGBTQ2 books you won’t want to miss in 2020” — Xtra
- “Why Griffin Poetry Prize-winning poet Billy-Ray Belcourt writes with passion and an urgent call to action” — CBC Books
- “Hailed by CanLit, Poet Billy-Ray Belcourt allies with Indigenous ‘resistance’” — The Star
Books will be available for purchase at the event by local bookseller, Shelf Life Books.
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