Better Next Year: An Anthology of Christmas Epiphanies (Paperback)

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Better Next Year: An Anthology of Christmas Epiphanies (Paperback)

By Jj Lee (Editor)


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Christmas is trumpeted as a time of peace, joy, bounty and goodwill. Believers and non-believers alike covet the spirit of the holidays even when circumstances are screwed up.

Recollections from acclaimed Canadian authors combine with emerging voices from across the country in an anthology that debunks the popular depiction of Christmas while delivering its messages of hope and renewal.

Writers marginalized by personal circumstance, faith, and race share memories of surviving bleak Christmases past: holidays spent in shelters, or on the streets; families marred by alcohol and violence; personal struggles with addiction, poverty or grief; isolation and loneliness. Despite these and other obstacles, contributors strive to salvage the spirit of the season.

With contributions from:

  • Tolu Oloruntoba, winner of the Governor-General's Award and Griffin Prize for poetry
  • Sonja Larsen, winner of the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction
  • Joseph Kakwinokanasum, winner of the PMC Indigenous Literature Award 2023
  • JJ Lee, shortlisted for the Governor General, Hilary Weston and Charles Taylor prizes for non-fiction
JJ Lee is the author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit (2011), a finalist for the Governor General's, Hilary Weston Writers' Trust and Charles Taylor prizes for nonfiction. His essays have appeared in publications including Elle, Montecristo, The Georgia Straight, Canadian Architect and more. Previously a contributor, reporter, producer and host on CBC Radio, he presents an annual Christmas ghost story for listeners across British Columbia. JJ Lee currently mentors a non-fiction workshop at Simon Fraser University's The Writer's Studio.
Product Details ISBN: 9781990160271
ISBN-10: 1990160271
Publisher: Tidewater Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2023
Pages: 226
Language: English