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Biblioasis Spring 2022

This Time, That Place
Selected Stories
By (author): Clark Blaise Foreword by: Margaret Atwood
Clark Blaise ,

Foreword by :

Margaret Atwood





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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 18, 2022
$24.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 1.5 in | 458 gr

Page Count:

416 pages
FICTION / Short Stories
Short stories|Fiction: general and literary

“Blaise is probably the greatest living Canadian writer most Canadians have never heard of.” —Quill & Quire

“If you want to understand something about what life was like in the restless, peripatetic, striving, anxiety-ridden, shimmer cultural soup of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries," writes Margaret Atwood, "read the stories of Clark Blaise." This Time, That Place draws together twenty-four stories that span the entirety of Blaise's career, including one never previously published. Moving swiftly across place and time, through and between languages—from Florida's Confederate swamps, to working-class Pittsburgh, to Montreal and abroad—they demonstrate Blaise's profound mastery of the short story and reveal the range of his lifelong preoccupation with identity as fallacy, fable, and dream.

This Time, That Place: Selected Stories confirms Clark Blaise as one of the best and most enduring masters of the form—on either side of our shared borders.

Clark Blaise (1940-), Canadian and American, is the author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction. A longtime advocate for the literary arts in North America, Blaise has taught writing and literature at Emory, Skidmore, Columbia, NYU, Sir George Williams, UC-Berkeley, SUNY-Stony Brook, and the David Thompson University Centre. In 1968, he founded the postgraduate Creative Writing Program at Concordia University; he after went on to serve as the Director of the International Writing Program at Iowa (1990-1998), and as President of the Society for the Study of the Short Story (2002-present). Internationally recognized for his contributions to the field, Blaise has received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy (2003), and in 2010 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in New York City.


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  • Praise for This Time, That Place

    “[Blaise] paints a restless, uneasy portrait of society at the turn of the 21st century.”—New York Times

    "The adolescent yo-yo takes many forms in This Time, That Place (Biblioasis), which recalls an old cigar box filled with undated and often cryptic postcards. [...] Individually or as a group, these loosely linked stories will reward multiple readings."—Literary Review of Canada

    "This selection contains a life’s work from one of the most important short story writers to ever live in North America. No artist before Blaise, and nobody since, has moved through the continent with so much sensitivity, compassion, and intelligence. Most at home when they are lost, Blaise’s characters search hardest for belonging when the conditions are least hospitable. For fifty peripatetic years, his beautifully crafted stories have shown us a way though. In our desperation, whenever we ask: 'Where am I now?' Clark Blaise provides the honest answer we need: 'Right here.'"—Alexander MacLeod, author of Animal Person

    "A dazzling gallery of portraits of North American lives rendered in Blaise's emotionally evocative style."—Joyce Carol Oates

    Praise for Clark Blaise

    “Blaise is probably the greatest living Canadian writer most Canadians have never heard of.” Quill & Quire

    “On the leading edge of world literature.” —John Barber, Globe and Mail

    “What holds the collection together is Blaise’s mastery of the short story, his ability to give us a whole personality and the sensuous particularity of lived experiences in a handful of pages.” —Steven Hayward, Globe and Mail

    “Blaise meticulously conveys a sense of connection and isolation in the lives of Indian immigrants who are detached from their former lives and country, ‘untethered to any earth,’ and yet are shape and guided by that absence … Such connection is beautifully contrasted by the way the opening stories fracture a single family’s narrative into multiple perspectives, illustrating the divide that separates people from one another and rendering it more tangible than any geographical border. In the end, The Meagre Tarmac is like a slow exclamation caught halfway between a sigh and laughter, between hope and despair, connection and dissonance.”—Canadian Literature

    “You know it’s going to be a stellar year for fiction when Clark Blaise publishes something. The Meagre Tarmac … demonstrates yet again that Blaise is one of the continent’s master authors.” —Uptown

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