Wanting Everything

Wanting Everything

The Collected Works

by Gladys Hindmarch

Edited by Karis Shearer and Deanna Fong

Published by: Talonbooks

464 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781772012484
  • Published: May 2020


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Wanting Everything presents the collected works of Vancouver writer Gladys Hindmarch. In addition to reproducing new and revised editions of her book-length works (The Peter Stories, A Birth Account, and The Watery Part of the World), the volume collects unpublished works of prose as well as correspondence, criticism, oral history interviews, and occasional writing. Spanning over five decades of work, this diverse writing challenges the conception of what constitutes a prolific literary career, extending the notion of writerly activity beyond the realm of published monographs to include writing that is social, collaborative, and dialogic. This publication recognizes Hindmarch’s significant contribution to Canada’s literary and cultural fields, making her work accessible to new readers and literary scholars, and framing it within the history of avant-garde writing, feminist production, and labour issues. Hindmarch has made significant contributions to innovative feminist writing, her work covering topics such as the embodied experience of pregnancy and birth, working-class women’s labour, and the intimacies of domestic life, all while sustaining an engagement with local places and social economies. Hindmarch’s work embodies the notion of proprioception that was so central to the poetics of the TISH group and other experimental writing in the West Coast tradition. However, in her writing “sensibility within the organism” is revisited as a feminist stance that connects the experience of the body – moving through space, breathing, labouring, connecting with others – with a keen observational reading of situations, the self, and others. Edited by Karis Shearer and Deanna Fong, this remarkable volume concludes with a brand-new, in-depth interview with Hindmarch.