Slice Me Some Truth, an anthology of Canadian creative non-fiction, features the work of 36 writers, including Kootenay writer, editor and teacher, Luanne Armstrong.
Like journalism, creative non-fiction uses as its material, actual events, people and memories. It differs from journalism by having the writer appearing front and centre. Creative non-fiction uses similar literary techniques and narrative structures to poetry and fiction.
This book is the first Canadian comprehensive non-theme based anthology of the evolving and popular genre of creative non-fiction.
Four years in the making, editors Luanne Armstrong and Zoë Landale received over 500 submissions.
As writers and teachers of creative non-fiction, Armstrong and Landale felt frustrated by not having a broadly-based Canadian book in the genre, so they set out to create one themselves.
“Students and teachers have been waiting for this book,” Armstrong says.
“We knew there was wonderful Canadian work out there,” says Landale.
Slice Me Some Truth was released in August by Toronto publisher Wolsak and Wynn. Armstrong, who will be presenting the new book at Oxygen, has a doctorate and specializes in the ethics of memoir.
She’s an adjunct professor in the creative writing department at UBC, teaches for Oxygen Art Centre and has won numerous awards for her writing.
The event goes tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Oxygen Art Centre, 3-320 Vernon Street, alley entrance. Admission is $5 at the door.