In the Flesh

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In the Flesh

Twenty Writers Explore the Body

By Kathy Page (Editor); Lynne Van Luven (Editor)

Brindle & Glass, Paperback, 9781926972374, 231pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2012

Living is a process of continuous transformation: we have been embryos, children, adolescents, thin, fat, sick, better again. And as humans, we are always at odds with at least one part of our bodies. Have we inherited the family nose? Is there nothing to be done for our finicky stomach or our limp hair?"In the Flesh" is an intelligent, witty, and provocative look at how we think about--and live within--our bodies. The editors and writers in this collection describe, in many voices, what human bodies feel now. Each author's candid essay focuses on one part of the body, and explores its function, its meanings, and the role it has played in his or her life. Written from both the male and female perspectives, contributors include Caroline Adderson, Andre Alexis, Taiaiake Alfred, Brian Brett, Trevor Cole, Dede Crane, Lorna Crozier, Candace Fertile, Stephen Gauer, Julian Gunn, Heather Kuttai, Susan Olding, Kate Pullinger, Merilyn Simonds, Richard Steel, Madeleine Thien, Sue Thomas, and Margaret Thompson.

About the Author
Kathy Page's seven novels include "The Story of My Face", long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002; "Alphabet", shortlisted for a Governor General's Award in 2005; and "The Find", shortlisted for the 2011 ReLit Novel Award. She is also a winner of the Bridport International Prize for short fiction and the Traveller Award, and a contributor to many prose anthologies. Kathy teaches creative writing at Vancouver Island University, and is a member of the Federation of BC Writers and the Writers Union of Canada. She lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband and two children. Please visit

Lynne Van Luven is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria, where she teaches journalism and creative non-fiction. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications across Canada. She has edited four previous anthologies, including "Nobody's Mother: Life Without Kids", "Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids", and "Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption". Lynne lives in Victoria, BC. Please visit