Books written by Dionne Brand

The Blue Clerk

September 18, 2018 | 248 pages
Dionne Brand, author of the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning collection Ossuaries, returns with a startlingly original work about the act of writing itself. On a lonely wharf a clerk in an ink blue coat inspects bales and bales of paper that hold a poet's accumulated left-hand pages--the unwritten, the... More Info


September 18, 2018 | 240 pages
A smart, sensual and witty novel about what happens when love and intellect are set on a collision course. This compact tour de force affirms Dionne Brand's place as one of Canada's most dazzling and influential artists. Theory begins as its narrator sets out, like many a graduate student, to write... More Info

Chronicles: Early Works

Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr | November 1, 2011 | 162 pages
One of Canada's most distinguished poets, Dionne Brand explores and chronicles how history shapes human existence, in particular the lives of those ruptured and scattered by New World slaveries and modern crises. This republication of three early volumes presents a view of the trajectory of her... More Info

Deep Enough for Whales

May 12, 2018 |
Twenty-seven writers in Canada were asked to contribute pieces of original work describing how they see writing today. From Atwood's opening, through writing from Indigenous writers, the reader is given a sense of how twenty-seven of the country's finest writers see their world today. With an... More Info

At the Full and Change of the Moon

Vintage | August 23, 2019 | 316 pages
In 1824, on the island of Trinidad, Marie Ursule, queen of a secret society of militant slaves, plots a mass suicide - a quiet, passionate act of revolt. But she cannot bring herself to kill her small daughter, Bola, whom she smuggles away in the early dawn light. As Bola's children, grandchildren,... More Info

Fierce Departures

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | February 12, 2009 | 40 pages
These selections, drawn from work between 1990 and 2006, delineate with searing eloquence, how history marks and dislocates peoples of African Diaspora, how nations, concretely and conceptually, fail to create safe haven, and how nevertheless human desire persists.  More Info