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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Three Views of Crystal Water

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Creation

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Angel Walk

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But why should we have to be useful and for what reason? Who divided the world into useless and useful, and by what right? Does a thistle have no right to life, or a Mouse that eats the grain in a warehouse? What about Bees and Drones, weeds and roses? Whose intellect can have had the audacity to judge who is better, and who worse? A large tree, crooked and full of holes, survives for centuries without being cut down, because nothing could possibly be made out of it. This example should raise the spirits of people like us. Everyone knows the profit to be reaped from the useful, but nobody ...more
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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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