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Jason Pierce, a thirty-one-year-old Canadian half-Native man, is packing up his urban apartment to leave it all behind for his romanticized vision of a return to life on the reserve where he grew up. As he’s leaving, he is paid an unexpected visit by a thirty-four-year-old American man, Harry Deiter, who awkwardly introduces himself as Jason’s half-brother. What Harry wants from Jason is bizarre: to be compatibility-tested for a possible kidney donation to their dying non-Native father, a man Jason has no memory of ever meeting and who, after a brief and secret affair, abandoned Jason’s mother when he was two months old.
This is the premise of Drew Hayden Taylor’s play, In a World Created by a Drunken God…
This play raises powerful questions that transcend issues of culture, morality and history—they cut to the ethical quick of what it means to be human in a chaotic world stripped of the comfortable security of identity politics.
A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone:
Moving boxes are relevant – the play takes place on one character’s moving day – but rather dull to look at. And while the presence of a cell phone is important to the play – it’s the vehicle used by the half-brothers to contact their father, and it is the only representation of their father on stage – the flip phone looks very dated now. We sought a new cover that showed people rather than things and held somewhat more interest, while harking to the play’s action and honouring those original elements of the cover concept.
Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover designed by Chloë Filson and featuring an illustration by Spencer Williams. Without further ado, the new cover:
Order your copy from Talonbooks today for $17.95.