Fonds F0153 - Genni Gunn fonds.

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Genni Gunn fonds.


  • 1978-2014 (Creation)

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5.25 m of textual records and other material.

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Canadian poet, author, translator and musician Genni Gunn was born Genni Donati in Trieste, Italy, in 1949. Immigrated to Canada in 1960. Studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Currently teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond, British Columbia, and lives in Vancouver. Bio-bibliographical information available in Contemporary Authors Online.

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Donated by G. Gunn in 2009.

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Fonds consists of correspondence; manuscripts of novels, poems, poetry collections, short stories, screenplays, opera libretto, music scores, translations, speeches, essays and proposal for an unwritten biography; material relating to conferences, writers festivals and workshops; works about G. Gunn and published works.
An accrual received in 2016 (Acc 2016.016) with a date range of 1983-2014, includes the complete drafts of novel Solitaria (boxes 1-5), and some drafts of other works including Tracing Iris, several short stories, Tracing Iris film script, reviews, correspondence with writers and editors, including Carolyn Swayze, correspondence with translators for Tracing Iris and Solitaria into other languages including Italian and Dutch, interviews given in magazines, records of workshops and conferences attended and papers given, records on awards adjudications, reading lists and reference materials.

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Acc. 2016.016: contracts and CCA assessment report in box 8 and 10 (closed for 10 years from date of creation).

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Text in English and Italian.

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Includes 124 photographs and 4 sound recordings.


Further accruals expected.

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