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George K. Ilsley

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"The Home Stretch: A Father, a Son, and All The Things They Never Talk About," a book about my relationship with my father when he was in his 90s, is now available from Arsenal Pulp Press. This book includes "Bingo and Black Ice" which was the winner of the 2014 Lush Triumphant Literary Award for creative non-fiction.

(Somehow, I also won the same award in 2015 for fiction.)

Author of the novel ManBug, and the short fiction collection, Random Acts of Hatred.

Was a writer in residence, in the Yukon, in winter. And loved it.

From the Vancouver Sun: “all the characters in this drama of small-town loss and bafflement are...

From the Vancouver Sun: “all the characters in this drama of small-town loss and bafflement are shown with compassion in all their human complexity. At a time when so many of us are dealing with mortality during the pandemic, this book will provide thoughtful comfort and artful relief to many readers.”

Book review: Son’s end of life memoir for his father is gritty, honest and moving

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Average rating: 3.95 · 263 ratings · 56 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
ManBug

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Random Acts of Hatred

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The Home Stretch: A Father,...

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First Person Queer: Who We Are

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Romantic Moderns by Alexandra   Harris
"A very enjoyable journey into the Modernist movement in Britain during the 1930s and 1940s, with well developed themes and exploration of the artists and writers who defined it. Very well written and presented, with nice quality illustrations."
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With the public library still closed, it’s exciting to find books I already possess that are surprises! Did I read this before? I know I love Malouf, but have not reviewed any here

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This is classified as a “Teen” book, one that is aimed at readers younger than “Young Adult”. Much is therefore simplified yet the main topic, which I am avoiding for spoiler reasons, is a deadly serious one. Certainly even the cover material does no ...more
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Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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Kurt Vonnegut was a beacon from above, illuminating my youth. Literature could be serious and fun, all at the same time. Mockery was culture, and books could be simple, funny, and profound.

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A slim volume on the life and work of Marcel Proust: a supposed invalid who stayed in bed and became a prolific and enigmatic writer. Of course, one can easily spend one's entire life studying Proust and wallowing in the related Proustian industries, ...more
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“The Sanskrit word for awareness is smriti, which no one can pronounce. This may explain why awareness has not become as well-known in the west as karma, dharma, and nirvana.”
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