WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT STAN CHUNG'S BOOKS


HIGH PRAISE FOR I HELD MY BREATH FOR A YEAR 

“The best thing about Stan Chung’s writing is that it’s deeply real. Not to say his words and sentences are anything but beautiful; they are gorgeous. But he tears down pretence to reveal a simple honest truth in which we can see just a little bit of ourselves.”  Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, AB

“Stan Chung is a voice that Canada needs. His words are a beautiful gift, and a reminder that we can, and indeed should, become more than we are now.” Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Associate Professor, Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba.

“Like a man catching his breath, Stan Chung reflects on the ordinary events that become the extraordinarily complex fabric of our lives. These stories make me grateful for the reminder to slow down and catch my own breath.” Francie Greenslade, author of Shelter.


“Compelling, highly personal, and from the heart. You’ll feel Stan’s pain, his joy and you’ll root for him in his struggles.” Jon Manchester, News Editor of Castanet

“Stan Chung is a beautiful writer who manages to balance strength and vulnerability with grace.”  Kelly Doyle, PhD, English Instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
"Stan Chung's essays speak of the details, dreams, desires, and occasional dead ends that map the larger, global experience of the Canadian Everyman/woman. The writing is superb. Chung writes from the heart, the gut, the knees, and generously contributes to the genre of creative non-fiction with a localized, vernacular flair that speaks honestly to the experience of a "global citizen" in small town Canada. In the end, Chung connects the dots between local and global experience through the story-telling itself, through the shared experience of the conflicted, flawed, love-able, and always real human condition. Good stories, good writing, and, a very good read."  Veronica Gaylie, author of The Learning Garden.

"I admire the way Stan Chung uses his own self-questioning narrator to ground and personalize the situations, issues and observations he tackles. A refreshing, inclusive honesty surfaces in this collection of essays. When combined with the gift he has for capturing the detail and texture of the lives we all inhabit, the result is writing that matters because it both includes and illuminates."  John Lent, author of Cantilevered Songs    

"Stan Chung's Global Citizen pieces play smartly with the reader's expectations. His columns are genre-splicers that showcase story, dialogue, poetic imagery, confession, sensuality, regret, family, death, community, history - each piece, in fact, unfolds like a miniature novel or play. What we encounter are the sounds and visions of a restless, ever-agile creator - it's a gift to have his work collected for us in this volume."  Jake Kennedy, author of Hazard and winner of the 2010 Robert Kroetsch Award.

"I read every column Stan Chung writes with fascination. He has a rare capacity for exploring his own psyche in a way that connects with mine and, I suspect, with most of us. Always, I am moved - sometimes to laughter, sometimes to a wry grin of recognition, sometimes to tears."  Jim Taylor, columnist and author.    
    

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