Katherine Govier

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Katherine Govier is the author of eleven novels, three short story collections, and a collection of nursery rhymes. Her most recent novel is The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel (HarperAvenue). Here previous novel, The Ghost Brush (published in the US as The Printmaker's Daughter), is about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker, Hokusai, creator of The Great Wave. Her novel Creation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003.

Katherine's fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the United Kingdom, the United States, and throughout the Commonwealth, and in translation in Holland, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Japan, Romania, Latvia and Slovenia. She is the winner of Canada's Marian Engel Award for
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I loved this book. More disappearances. More refugee stories woven into the daily life of a German man who is retired, and befriends the newcomers. Full of memorable observations. I'd love to hear what people say about this novel, if they think it is
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I seem to be reading books about disappearances these days. In this one, all the animals and almost all the birds have disappeared. Their wildness has ended up in the heart of the narrator, a woman determined to follow the migration of the beautiful
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“Pictures and words don't hurt anyone, except for those who are afraid of history.”
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“To learn from him, I did not have to believe he was a good man or a fair man.”
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“What if . . . you come to the wild and discover that it is not wild at all? What if half the world is here before you?”
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Autumn I enjoyed your book The Printmaker's Daughter by Katherine Govier a great deal. I always enjoyed her father's work and it was interesting to read about his daughter Oei and the possibilities!


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