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1979 / 1.16&17

Running in the Family
In the Month of Hungry Ghosts


MICHAEL ONDAATJE was born in Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) and came to Canada via England in 1962. In 1978, on sabbatical leave from his teaching position at Glendon College, Toronto, he returned to Sri Lanka, where his sister Gillian still lives, and wrote most of Running in the Family while he was in Wattale and Colombo.


The Dainty Monsters. Toronto: Coach House, 1967.
The Man With Seven Toes. Toronto: Coach House, 1969.
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. Toronto: Anansi, 1970.
Rat Jelly. Toronto: Coach House, 1973.
Coming Through Slaughter. Toronto: Anansi, 1976.
Elimination Dance. Ilderton, Ontario: Nairn, 1978.
There's a Trick With a Knife I'm Learning To Do: Poems 1963-78. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1979.

The Sons of Captain Poetry
Carry On Crime and Punishment
The Clinton Farm Special: Theatre Passe Muraille's "The Farm Show"

"Billy the Kid"
"Coming Through Slaughter"

The Broken Ark. Ottawa: Oberon, 1971.
Personal Fictions: Stories by Munro, Wiebe, Thomas, and Blaise. Toronto: Oxford, 1977.
The Long Poem Anthology. Toronto: Coach House, 1979.

Leonard Cohen. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1970.

DAPHNE MARLATT was born in Australia, lived in Penang as a young child, and emigrated with her family to Vancouver in 1951. She returned to Penang in 1976 with her sister Pam and her father, and while visiting, stayed in the house of her childhood, still inhabited by Eng Kim and "Mr. Y." "Cille" in the writing refers to Lucille, her youngest sister. The title on p. 80 is quoted from Karl Siegler's translation of Sonnets to Orpheus (Talonbooks). Much of the quoted material in the short-line poems is from Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition. Lines quoted in "getting here" are from Shelley. The line quoted on p. 91 is from Phyllis Webb.


Frames of a Story (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1968)
leaf leaf Is (Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969)
Rings (Vancouver Community Press, 1971)
Vancouver Poems (Toronto: Coach House Press, 1972)
Steveston, with Robert Minden (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1974)
Our Lives (Carrboro, N.C.: Truck Press, 1975)
Zocalo (Toronto: Coach House Press, 1977)
The Story, She Said (Vancouver: B.C. Monthly Press, 1977)
"Steveston" a radio-drama written for CBC, directed by John Reeves, 1976

Steveston Recollected: A Japanese-Canadian History (Victoria: Provincial Archives of B.C., 1975) with Maya Koizumi
Opening Doors: Vancouver's East End, with Carole Itter (Victoria: Provincial Archives of B.C., 1979)

Our Lives, a new edition (Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan Books, 1980)
What Matters: Writing 1968-70 (Toronto: Coach House Press, 1980)
Net Work: Selected Writing edited by Fred Wah (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1980)

Photo Credits
The photographs in the Ondaatje section were provided by Michael from family sources. The drawing of mangoes on p. 40 is by Jack Chambers, from "Bangalore Sketches," and is reproduced by kind permission of Olga Chambers
Pp. 45, 48, 68, 86, 89, photos by Daphne Marlatt.
Pp. 52, 73, photos by Arthur Buckle. P. 62, photo by Edrys Buckle.
The photo on p. 100 of Harry Frost at the Minnesota State Fair was used for the cover of the new M & S collection of Ondaatje poems.