Bonnie Burnard fonds
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2.5 m of textual records
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Bonita Amelia "Bonnie" Burnard, writer, was born in Petrolia, Ontario, in 1945. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 1967 from the University of Western Ontario, where she was later writer-in-residence. Burnard taught at Sage Hill and the Humber School of Writing, and was a jury panel member for the Giller Prize in 1996 and 1997. She is the author of the novel "A Good house" (1999), which won the Giller Prize in 1999, and her most recent novel "Suddenly" was published in 2009. She has also written collections of short stories including "Women of influence" (1988), which was awarded the Commonwealth Best Book Award, and "Casino and other stories" (1994), which won the Periodical Publishers Award, Saskatchewan Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 1994. She is the co-author of "Coming attractions: Stories," and the editor of "The old dance: love stories of one kind or another" (1986) and "Stag line: Stories by men" (1995). She has read from her work throughout Canada and in the U.S., Europe, Australia and South Africa. Her stories have been included in many anthologies, among them: "Stories by Canadian women" (1999), "Mothers and daughters" (1997), "Arnold anthology of post-Colonial literature" (1996), "Spin on 2" (1995), "The Oxford book of Canadian short stories" (1995) and "Best Canadian stories" (1992 and 1989). Her short story "Evening at the edge of the water" was featured in the compilation of Canadian short fiction, "Turn of the story" (1999). She received the Marian Engel Award for her body of work in 1995. Burnard died in London, Ontario, on 4 March 2017.
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Fonds consists of Bonnie Burnards research material, notes, manuscript and typescript drafts, galley proofs, cover art and other material related to the Canadian and American editions of her novels "A Good house." The fonds also includes story notes, typescript drafts, proofs, correspondence, cover art and other material that pertain to the writing and revision process for Burnards novel "Suddenly." The fonds also consists of edited typescripts, notes and proofs for her short story collections "Women of influence" and "Casino and other stories," typescript drafts for several other short stories Burnard has written, including "Evening at the edge of the water," and items related to her role as the editor for "Stag line: Stories by men." Accession 2017-034 consists of records created by Jan Whitford and Jackie Kaiser of Westwood Creative Artists in their role as agents for Bonnie Burnard, including correspondence and contracts with various publishers and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation regarding the publication and reprinting of Burnard's novels and short stories, and the donation of the Bonnie Burnard fonds to York University.
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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2001-019, 2011-008, 2017-034.
Copies of Bonnie Burnard's novels and shorts stories and their translations into other languages can be found in Special Collections.
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2002/04/03 Marie-Josee Levesque:. (Creation)
2002/04/03 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/04/15 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Removed note re: supplied title. Updated wording on accruals.
2011/05/26 Adding new accession, updating extent of fonds, dates of creation and scope note. Updating biographical sketch.
2017/10/31 Added new accession, updated extent, dates of creation, and scope and content note.