Will Ferguson Analysis

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William Stener Ferguson Raelyn Downing Enid Gossin EAC150OO March 7th, 2013 Downing 4 Works Cited Ferguson, Will. “Will Ferguson.” Author Website <http://www.willferguson.ca>. Grainger, James. “419.” Quill and Quire <http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=7599 >. Pringle, Valerie. “CTV Interview.” Canada Am, CTV, October 19, 19999 <http://www.willferguson.ca/interviews/canadaam.html >. Ward, Bruce. “The Montreal Gazette Review of Spanish Fly.” Will Ferguson: Online Reviews, October 2007 <http://www.willferguson.ca/reviews/review_spanishfly_montrealgazette.html>. Williams, Leigh-Anne. “Will Ferguson Takes Home Canada’s Biggest Fiction Prize.” Publishers…show more content…
Tom Sandler Will Ferguson, winner of the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Ferguson, however, pointed out connections to his other work. His last novel, Spanish Fly, was also about criminals, con artists in the 1930s dust bowl. And he is drawn to writing about tragic places in his travel writing. “I try to go there and see the humanity and humor in tragic places. So I did a book on Northern Ireland, and I want to do the same type of thing with Rwanda,” he said. Ferguson alternates between fiction and non-fiction with each book. “It’s fun,” he says. “You use different parts of the brain.” The three-person jury — Irish author and screenwriter Roddy Doyle, American author and satirist Gary Shteyngart, and Canadian publisher and author Anna Porter — selected a long list of 13 out of 142 submissions from 51 publishers. The five shortlisted titles also included: Inside by Alix Ohlin (House of Anansi Press); The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler (HarperCollins Canada); Ru by Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman) (Random House Canada); and Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky (Thomas Allen Publishers). Each of the finalists received…show more content…
“There’s a woman walking across the desert very early on in the book. She’s a brilliant character…. If the book had been just about her, I’d have quite happily read on, and it’s the same with a lot of the other characters, particularly the African characters. They’re just brilliant and the dialogue between them is really great.” He added that “the fact that it could be categorized as a thriller or crime novel is really irrelevant. It’s just a really vivid, well-written book.” Ferguson said he “wanted to tell both sides of the story. We say that but usually it’s the Downing 3 Western heroine’s story that matters. So what different in this book, I think what stands out, is that the Western woman who goes there is actually the least detailed character in the story. She’s the catalyst but it’s actually not her story.“ A Giller win can bump sales of a title up by as much as 500%, and Penguin Canada has ordered an additional print run of more than 50,000 copies to keep up with demand. The book will be published by Penguin U.S. in the spring. Downing

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