Mississauga-based author Keith Garebian is releasing his last novel, and autobiography entitled Pieces of My Self on May 28 at the Supermaket in Kensington Market, Toronto.
About Pieces of My Self
Surveying his own conflicted, multi-cultural life from a Bombay boyhood, immigration to Canada, and his re-invention as a literary and theatre critic, poet, and editor who has learned to understand life’s blessings and wounds, Keith Garebian’s autobiography is an act of memory at the service of a changing self.
Using vignettes, letters, historical surveys, meditations, and existential summations, Pieces of My Self shows Garebian’s trauma, fury, condemnation, ardour, melancholy, satire, and self- understanding. Figures of Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, William Hutt, Irving Layton, Hugh Hood, John Metcalf, Henry Beissel, V.S. Naipaul, and many others pass through this life of a restlessly critical and self-critical author.
About Keith Garebian
Keith Garebian, born in Bombay to an Armenian father and Anglo-Indian mother, is a theatre and literary scholar, poet, and editor who lives in Canada. He has won international acclaim for his books on theatre (especially his Broadway production histories and his biography of William Hutt) and he has been widely praised for his poetry collections Frida: Paint Me as a Volcano (Buschek), Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature), Children of Ararat (Frontenac), Poetry is Blood (Guernica), Against Forgetting (Frontenac); In the Bowl of My Eye (Mawenzi House), and Finger to Finger (Frontenac). Some of his poetry has been translated into French, Romanian, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Hungarian, and Armenian. His many awards include a Canada Council Senior Grant for Writing; over three dozen Ontario Arts Council grants; four Mississauga Arts Council Grants for Established Writing; the Naji Naaman Literary Honour Prize (Lebanon); the Surrey International Writers Conference, Poetry Award; and the William Saroyan Medal he received in Yerevan in 2013 for his writing about Armenian culture and the genocide. He has also been shortlisted for several national literary awards.