Tuesday, January 19, 2010

di Brandt

Di Brandt brings to Lit Live a collaboration entitled Watermelon Syrup. The genesis of this novel is shown in the roles of the three contributors (below).

Primary author Annie Jacobsen was born in Luseland, Saskatchewan, to a Mennonite mother and Lutheran father. In addition to Watermelon Syrup, she is the author of short stories, poetry, and an unpublished novel. In the later years of her life she lived in Toronto with her two children, taught writing workshops, and practised as a Jungian psychotherapist. She died in May 2005.

Jane Finlay-Young met Annie in 1999 and together they developed and taught writing workshops. Jane published her first novel, From Bruised Fell, in 2000. At Annie’s request, Jane rewrote Watermelon Syrup with the help of Di Brandt’s editorial feedback.

Di Brandt has received numerous awards for her poetry, including the CAA National Poetry Prize, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing at Brandon University.

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