By the Book: Stories and Pictures by Diane SchoemperlenBy the Book: Stories and Pictures by Diane Schoemperlen

By the Book: Stories and Pictures

byDiane Schoemperlen

Hardcover | September 15, 2014

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New from the Winner of the Writers' Trust of Canada Marian Engel Award and the Governor General's Award for English FictionOnce touted as compendiums of human knowledge, the encyclopedias and handbooks of bygone eras now read quaintly, if not comically-yet within their musty pages are often found phrases of uncanny evocative power. Scrupulously stitching such fragments together, in a sequel to the Governor General's Award-winning Forms of Devotion, By The Book is a collection of verbal and visual collages whose alchemies transform long-dead texts into tales of enduring vitality. With her visually witty full-colour artwork and stories like "What Is A Hat? Where Is Constantinople? Who Was Sir Walter Raleigh? And Many Other Common Questions, Some With Answers, Some Without," and "Consumptives Should Not Kiss Other People: A Handy Guide to the Care and Maintenance of Your Family's Good Health," Schoemperlen's irreverent and ironic brand of nostalgia combines vintage kitsch with comic, creepy, unexpectedly moving yarns.Praise for By The Book"Diane Schoemperlen's By The Book is a bravura performance. Fragments, collage, assemblage, found poetry - none of the conventional words cover it for they miss the fantastic wit, the energy of humour, the divine ability to find comedic ore in the print detritus of our culture. She doesn't rescue texts; with her wicked sense of irony, she actually puts thought where there was none. She infects the banal with the virus of her own brain and makes it into art. Then she makes a picture of it-oh, dwell upon the details; there are whole novels lurking in the details."-Douglas Glover"there is no mistaking a Schoemperlen story - devoted to form, faithful to the mysteries of the everyday." - The Globe & Mail"Schoemperlen's inventive language and narrative structures encourage readers to be free 'from the prison of everyday thinking.'" - New York Times Book Review"Lovely, clever [and] imaginative." - Wall Street Journal
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Diane Schoemperlen has published several collections of short fiction and three novels, In the Language of Love (1994), Our Lady of the Lost and Found (2001), and At A Loss For Words (2008). Her 1990 collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General's Award and the ...
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Title:By the Book: Stories and PicturesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.27 × 6.25 × 0.69 inPublished:September 15, 2014Publisher:BiblioasisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927428815

ISBN - 13:9781927428818

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"There is no mistaking a Schoemperlen story-devoted to form, faithful to the mysteries of the everyday." - The Globe & Mail"Schoemperlen's inventive language and narrative structures encourage readers to be free 'from the prison of everyday thinking.'" - The New York Times Book Review"Lovely, clever [and] imaginative." - The Wall Street Journal"Beautifully written and brimming with complexity." - Boston Globe"One of the most charming novels you're likely to read this year." - New Orleans Times-Picayune"Her cuttingly witty stories are ... obsessively precise in their language, they seem to be about ordinary circumstances, but everything convolutes and leads inexorably to startling conclusions. There is a quiet anarchy to Schoemperlen's critique of middle-class life ... Schoemperlen could almost form a school of piquant and inventivefiction with Julie Hecht, Janet Kauffman, and Lydia Davis." - Booklist"A book about believing in something bigger than oneself and putting faith in what we can't fully know ... a look at the search for meaning." - Philadelphia Inquirer"A thoughtful and intelligent writer. Readers who enjoy unconventional fiction will find food for thought here." - Publishers Weekly"Highly intelligent and unique." - Library Journal"A holy hoot." - Elle"Strangely appealing ... an extremely clever and often graceful collection that rewards the curious reader." - Kirkus Reviews"Charming and cool ... Schoemperlen's re-mixed antique illustrations delight the eye, and yet also provoke laughter, close study, and further examination ... By The Book is unusual, witty, and whimsical. Add to that the high production value of the volume itself ... and you have a terrific gift for a book, art, or ephemera lover." - Fine Books & Collections