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Author Dionne Brand to helm new publishing program with button

Author Dionne Brand to helm new publishing program with button

Author Dionne Brand to helm new publishing program with button

TORONTO – Dionne Brand, a formidable figure of Canadian poetry, is set to helm a new publishing program.

Brand will act as editorial director of Alchemy by Knopf Canada, and will work alongside Lynn Henry, the imprint’s publishing director, and Martha Kanya-Forstner, its publisher.

Knopf says the program will release two to three titles each year, both fiction and non-fiction.

It says the program’s mandate is to “remake what is literary,” with books that say something about our times — be it the climate crisis or political instability — through a decolonialized lens.

Brand describes the publishing program as a “collaboration/experiment” and says she hopes it will help answer how books can intervene in today’s world.

Brand is a member of the Order of Canada, a prolific poet and novelist, and from 2014 to 2021 was poetry editor at McClelland & Stewart, which, like Knopf Canada, is an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2022.

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