SummerlandFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889223134 | paperback / softback

$34.95 | 448 pages | Pub. Date: 1992
6.00 W × 9.00 H × 1 D inches
Fiction | Backlist | Bisac: FIC000000
ISBN 13: 9780889223134 | Rights: WORLD

Summerland completes the publication project Talonbooks began in 1990, with the publication of The Athabasca Ryga, a collection of Ryga’s early writings from his Alberta years until 1963. The 1960s, after the Rygas moved to Summerland, British Columbia, were a period of growing artistic strength and commercial success for Ryga, culminating the creative triumph of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. The largely unpublished writings included in Summerland show him return, after the success of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, to the large, difficult political and social questions which had inspired him from the earliest days of his long intellectual journey of self-discovery.

By George Ryga

In 1967, George Ryga soared to national fame with The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which has since evolved into a modern classic. A self-proclaimed artist in resistance, Ryga takes the role of a fierce and fearless social commentator in most of his plays, and his work is renowned for its vivid and thrilling theatricality. George Ryga died of stomach cancer in Summerland, BC, in 1987 and will always be remembered and cherished as one of Canada’s most prolific and powerful writers. His memory was publicly honoured at the BC Book Prizes ceremony in 1993.

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Edited by Ann Kujundzic

Ann Kujundzic was born in 1929 in Dysart, Scotland. She is the author of New Ground: A Memoir of Art in the Kootenays (Caitlin Press).

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