A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging


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Vintage Books Canada
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

DIONNE BRAND's literary credentials are legion. Her novel, Theory, won the 2019 OCM BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Literature, and was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Her poetry collection, The Blue Clerk, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won the Trillium Book Prize. Her collection Ossuaries won the Griffin Poetry Prize, and other collections have won the Governor General's Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Among her novels, In Another Place, Not Here was selected as a NYT Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book by the Globe and Mail; At the Full and Change of the Moon was selected a Best Book by the LA Times; and What We All Long For won the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, Brand was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing, and from 2009 to 2012 she served as Toronto's Poet Laureate. In 2017, she was named to the Order of Canada. Brand is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.


"Open it anywhere and start reading and it makes sense.... her true home is not Africa, the Caribbean or Canada, but poetry." -- Ottawa Citizen

"Moving and evocative.... Brand's examination of her own personal odyssey is fascinating." -- The Edmonton Journal

"Brand's is a voice both brave and beautiful." -- NOW

"Dionne Brand -- exults in the power of language and deploys it to lure us from harsh reality to metaphysical heights -- [her] prose, so close to poetry, [is] almost musical." -- National Post

"Brand has two gifts that are incendiary in combination: a concise and intelligent grasp of the subtleties of emotion and an apparently effortless facility with the language. The result is an extraordinary ability to capture the flicker of experience." -- The Globe and Mail

"Brand's prose pays sharp attention to detail, with sensual, often playful descriptions. She injects a rhythm into her language and creates characters who burst with colour. This is a delicately structured, beautifully written novel, infused with rare emotional clarity." -- The Independent, UK

"At The Full and Change of the Moon is a hypnotically compelling, magical set of tales -- an unsettling and beautifully written novel." -- Los Angeles Times, A Best Book of 1999