Fonds F0490 - Shauna Singh Baldwin fonds

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Shauna Singh Baldwin fonds

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2.38 m of textual records
1 audio cassette

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Shauna Singh Baldwin (1962-), author and radio producer, was born in Montreal, Quebec and holds an M.B.A. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a radio producer and e-commerce consultant but is best known as a writer of novels and short story collections. Her fiction and poetry have been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada, the United States, and India. Her first novel, "What the Body Remembers", was published in 1999 and received the 2000 Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best Book in the Canada-Caribbean region. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her second novel "The Tiger Claw" (2004) was a finalist for the 2004 Giller Prize. Her third novel "The Selector of Soul" was published in 2012. She was awarded the 1996 Friends of American Writers Award for her collection of short stories "English Lessons and Other Stories" published in 1996. She is also the co-author of "A Foreign Visitor's Survival Guide to America," published in 1992, and is author of "We Are Not in Pakistan: Stories" published in 2007. Baldwin’s stage play “We Are So Different Now” was published in 2011 and premiered on stage in 2016.

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The fonds consists of material that documents Baldwin's career as a writer and includes correspondence, drafts, manuscripts and edited manuscripts of her books "A Foreign Visitor's Survival Guide to America," "English Lessons and Other Stories," "What the Body Remembers," "The Tiger Claw," "We Are Not in Pakistan," "The Selector of Souls," and her forthcoming novel tentatively titled "Gateway of the World" as well as drafts, correspondence, and promotional material related to the play "We Are So Different Now." Fonds also contains a sound recording of Baldwin reading "The Japji Sahib."

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Accessions 2005-045, 2008-004, 2010-043 and 2012-006 donated by Shauna Singh Baldwin in 2010 and 2012.


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Some restrictions on access apply. Files pertaining to works-in-progress are closed until publication.

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The fonds comprises the following accession: 2005-045, 2008-004, 2010-043, 2012-006. Further accruals may be expected.

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2005/12/20 Carolyn Casenas?:. (Creation)
2005/12/20 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist.
2008/01/21 S. Dubeau. Corrected URL for finding aid. Updateed description to include accession 2008-004. Document authority record.
2008/01/21 S. Dubeau. Corrected EAD Header info.
2010/11/15 S. Dubeau. Updated description to include accession 2010-043. Updated biographical sketch.
2010/11/15 S. Dubeau. Grammatical corrections.
2012/02/28 Anna St.Onge. Added file list for 2012-006. Updated biographical sketch and extent (increase of 28 cm of textual material.)
2012/02/28 Anna St.Onge. Added link to Accession 2012-006.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2020/03/24 Elizabeth Corbett-Nicholson. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.
2020/03/24 Elizabeth Corbett-Nicholson. Updated dates of creation. Added extent and scope and content for accessions.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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