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March 12, 2018

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Finalist! 2007 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

by Rachel Lebowitz
Publisher: Pedlar Press


Hannus is a poetic biography about the life of the author’s great-grandmother, Ida Hannus, a Finnish-Canadian suffragist and socialist living in Vancouver and in the BC Finnish commune, Sointula, through the turn of the century to the Cold War. Approached from different angles, employing a collage of techniques, Hannus is a constantly shifting—and consistently engaging—narrative that raises questions about the reliability of history and biography. Rachel Lebowitz completed her bachelor’s degree at Simon Fraser University and her master’s at Concordia University. She recently lived in Halifax, and is now back in her hometown of Vancouver, where she is studying to become an elementary school teacher. Hannus is her first book.