Author Gary Geddes and "Drink the Bitter Root: A Writer's Search for Justice and Redemption in Africa"

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10/13/2011 - 6:30pm


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Phone: 250 753-1154 ext238
E-mail: ref@virl.bc.ca

Gary Geddes has forged an international reputation as an engaged and articulate writer, first as a poet, critic and anthologist, and more recently as a writer of bestselling non-fiction, producing a floating memoir called Sailing Home, a travel book called Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things, and now a much-anticipated book called Drink the Bitter Root: A writer’s search for justice and redemption in Africa, based on his trauma research in Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Somaliland. This is how Ottawa's Ian Smillie describes the book: "Poignant, literature and sometimes just plan funny, Drink the Bitter Root is a deeply textured journey without maps into the the unexplored rifts of sub-Saharan Africa, the human experience and the psyche. It's also the masterful handling of a full pallette."

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than forty books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lt.-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence (BC), and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from the government of Chile, awarded simultaneously to Vaclav Havel, Octavio Paz, Ernesto Cardenal, Rafael Alberti and Mario Benedetti.

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