What a splendid turnout we had at Pages Books on Kensington for the Calgary launch of The Story That Brought Me Here. Eight writers from seven countries were on hand to tell how, in the elegant words of our editor, Linda Goyette, we ended up leaving behind what we loved to move “north of nowhere.” If Alberta seemed like a suburb of nowhere then, it certainly doesn’t feel that way today, because this is where we have chosen to put down roots, raise our families, and make a life for ourselves.
As Linda notes in the book’s introduction, our reasons for coming here were many and various. Gary Garrison left the United States to avoid being drafted and sent to Vietnam. Love for a good man brought Therezinha Franca Kennedy here from a university in Brazil. Love for family brought Patricia Lopez de Vloothuis from Mexico. Love for family also enticed Comfort Adesuwa Ero and her daughter Ikponwosa (I.K.) Ero from NIgeria. A good job in the oilpatch brought Sudhir Jain from Libya. A job in the newspaper business brought Mansoor Ladha from Tanzania via Ontario. And a spirit of adventure brought me from Dublin.
If you want to learn about the multicultural experience in Canada, The Story That Brought Me Here is a good place to start. I’m proud to have been a part of this project; honoured to have been invited to add my voice to this wonderful chorus of voices from around the world.Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2008 Brian Brennan - Writer