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Notes from the Outside: Episodes from an Unconventional Life

by Allan Safarik

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$19.95 (CDN) / $17.95 (US)

Paperback (Non-fiction) · 8.5" x 5.5" · 224 pages
Release Date: September 2006
ISBN 0-9739727-4-2

In unexpected turns, Notes From the Outside gives us a wild, pan-Canadian journey through recent literary history, and illuminates an unconventional but remarkable writing life. This memoir shifts from Safarik's childhood in North Burnaby and on the Vancouver waterfront through the various phases of his life as student, writer, editor, publisher, writer-in-residence, and teacher, documenting Safarik's friendships with fascinating figures in Canadian literature including Dorothy Livesay, Milton Acorn, Anne Szumigalski, Joe Rosenblatt, and William Hoffer. The final essay breaks Safarik's long silence about the 1975 murder of his friend and fellow poet Pat Lowther. 

Author Bio

Allan Safarik

Allan Safarik was born in Vancouver and raised in a commercial fishing family on Vancouver Heights in North Burnaby where he spent much of his childhood exploring the waterfront when he wasn't playing soccer in East End parks. He is the author of fourteen books of poetry, is an editor and was a co-founder of Blackfish Press in British Columbia. In 1986, he edited the award winning anthology Vancouver Poetry. Safarik, a long time resident of White Rock, BC, currently resides in Dundurn, Saskatchewan and teaches Imaginative Writing at St. Peter's College in Muenster. Safarik won the 2003 John V. Hicks Manuscript Award for Literary Non-Fiction and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry (in the name of Anne Szumigalski) for When Light Falls from the Sun Hagios Press. He has a B.A. in English from Simon Fraser University. His works include How I Know The Sky Is A River: Selected and New Shorter Poems 1978-1998 (Hagios, 1999), Bird Writer's Handbook (2003), and Blood of Angels (2004) Yellowgrass (2008). In 2012 Safarik published with his father, Norman Safarik, Bluebacks and Silver Brights: A Lifetime in the B.C. Fisheries from Bounty to Plunder.

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Awards for Notes from the Outside: Episodes from an Unconventional Life

2006 - Saskatchewan Book Awards
Finalist, Non-Fiction Award
2006 - Saskatchewan Book Awards
Finalist, Publishing in Education Award

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