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Never Mind

by (author) Katherine Lawrence

Turnstone Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2016
Canadian, Emigration & Immigration
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2016
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Fame can be fickle. Nobody knows that better than overnight sensation Gabriel Pegg . . . you know, Port-o-Potty Guy . . . from Erratic Automatic. Remember him? He went from the penthouse to the outhouse, and now Gabriel is persona non grata in the entertainment biz. Broke, behind on his child support payments, and a wanted man, Gabriel heads to the only place he has left: Greatness, Manitoba, population...I don't know, but there's one traffic light. Gabriel believes his destiny as a serious auteur awaits him, once he can rid himself of those pesky parental commitments. When Gabriel unwittingly signs himself up for six-days-a-week custody of his 11 year old daughter, Sometimes there's just no Escape from Greatness.

"Beautifully written, sharply observed, warm, wise, and funny, No Escape from Greatness is the thing we've all been waiting for: the Great Canadian Novel! But if there is already one (what the hell do I know, I'm an American, we don't know anything!) then, by God, this one is the next one!"

Steve Kaplan, Script Consultant, Author, The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny

"Screenwriter and novelist Jeffrey John Eyamie has created a humorous, but grounded, story on Gabriel Pegg's fall from his 15 minutes of fame and his climb back"


-The Mirimachi Reader

About the author

Katherine Lawrence is a writer and fund development consultant whose poetry has appeared in literary journals across Canada and the U.K. Her work has also been performed on stage and broadcast on CBC radio.
Her first collection of poetry, Ring Finger, Left Hand (Coteau Books, 2001) won the Brenda Macdonald Riches Award for best first book with the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her second collection, Lying to Our Mothers (Coteau Books, 2006) was short listed for the Anne Szumigalski Award and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for poetry. She won the City of Regina Writing Award in 2014.
Past-president of the Sage Hill Writing Experience Board of Directors, former (Saskatchewan) representative for the League of Canadian Poets, Lawrence is Chair of the Access Copyright Foundation,
Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Katherine has lived in Saskatchewan since 1982. She is a graduate of Carleton University.

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Editorial Reviews

P align=left>New star in the longpoem sky, Never Mind by Katherine Lawrence gets cunning on page 5 and stays that way, throwing open the shutters of self, family, history, nation. Its language settles toward, while reaching free of, a narrative we expect but have not seen quite this way. Its open forms give but don't give in. We'll be grateful for this book.P align=right>--Gerald Hill, author of Hillsdale BookP align=left>Layered, distinctive, and adventurous, Katherine Lawrence's Never Mind seems set in the past but vaults into a future poetic. At once ethereal and concrete, her words, through erasure and oblique reference, invite engagement and speculation. They make you mind.P align=right>--Steven Ross Smith, author of Emanations: Fluttertongue 6P align=left>Lyricism and beauty, loss and awe, horror and grief--these poems comprise an unflinching portrait of a woman (and artist) who spends a lifetime asking herself: "What brought me here?"P align=right>--Patricia Young, author of Night-Eater and An Auto-erotic History of Swings

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