2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature — Longlisted
2016 RBC Taylor Prize — Longlisted
The unforgettable memoir of Giller Prize–winning author and poet Austin Clarke, called “Canada’s first multicultural writer.”
Austin Clarke is a distinguished and celebrated novelist and short-story writer. His works often centre around the immigrant experience, of which he writes with humour and compassion, happiness and sorrow. In ’Membering, Clarke shares his own experiences growing up in Barbados and moving to Toronto to attend university in 1955 before becoming a journalist. With vivid realism he describes Harlem of the ’60s, meeting and interviewing Malcolm X and writers Chinua Achebe and LeRoi Jones. Clarke went on to become a pioneering instructor of Afro-American Literature at Yale University and inspired a new generation of Afro-American writers.
Clarke has been called Canada’s first multicultural writer. Here he eschews a traditional chronological order of events and takes the reader on a lyrical tour of his extraordinary life, interspersed with thought-provoking meditations on politics and race. Telling things as he ’members them. (From Dundurn Press website).
- This publication became ever more poignant with the author’s death not long after the release of this memoir.
- Purchase your own copy, or check out the ESA Library copy out on the Black History Month display on the upper level of the Library.
- Learn more about events and happenings at the Toronto Public Library, the City of Toronto, the Government of Canada, and the Ontario Black History Society websites.
- Check out the CBC Books website for the following: 12 Books by Black Writers You Need to Read, and 10 Books for Young Readers by Black Writers.