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M.G. Vassanji fonds
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“The Dilemma of Arrival” : response to newspaper article

File consists of four lined pages of a handwritten response to a newspaper article in the New York Times, 28 Aug. 1988, by Bharati Mukherjee titled “Immigrant Writing: Give Us Your Maximalists!” File also contains an original copy of the newspaper article.

A Canadian responds : essay draft

File consists of a response by Vassanji to the attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. File also contains letters to The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail seeking publication, as well as to Bruce Westwood, literary agent.

Accession 2022-009

Accession consists of printed copies of the business email correspondence of M.G. Vassanji. Some correspondence pertains to literary submissions and other administrative matters concerning the operations of TSAR Publications (including correspondence sent and received by Nurjehan Aziz), while the majority of correspondence pertains to Vassanji’s own literary career. Also included in this accession is assorted memorabilia about Vassanji’s career as a writer and awards received, including the Order of Canada and the Giller Prize. These records include newspaper and magazine articles about Vassanji; articles written by Vassanji and published in journals, magazines and newspapers; event programs, notices, flyers and menus; award certificates; and posters.

Accession 2023-030

The accession consists of records pertaining to M.G. Vassanji’s literary career, including: full and partial draft manuscripts of novels, short stories and speeches; personal correspondence; royalty statements, professional correspondence pertaining to literary festivals, prizes, conferences, permission to use work in other publications, and invitations to events and speaking requests; media packets, clippings and reviews regarding Vassanji’s books and Giller prizes; and records pertaining to his education, subsequent honorary degrees, and his investiture into the Order of Canada. 

Am I a Canadian Writer?

File consists of an off-print guest editorial published in “Canadian Literature,” volume 190, autumn 2006. File also contains several annotated drafts of the editorial and index cards with notes for an acceptance speech on the same topic.

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