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In this unique book of correspondence, two men from different generations write to each other about the burdens, anxieties, and singular joys of parenthood. Thirtysomething Charles Demers and 80-year-old George Bowering are both celebrated authors and the best of friends, and soon both will be the fathers of daughters. The letters begin as Charles and his wife discover they will become parents; he expresses his hopes and fears of impending fatherhood, compounded by his OCD and his own father's illness, while George recalls his own experiences raising a daughter in the 1970s and his own anxieties about bringing a child into a troubled world.Together, their thoughtful, funny, candid missives reveal what fathers know (or don't know) about raising daughters, as well as themselves and each other.

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George Bowering

George Bowering, Canada's first Poet Laureate, was born in the Okanagan Valley.After serving as an aerial photographer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bowering earned a BA in English and an MA in History at the University of British Columbia, where he became one of the co-founders of the avant-garde poetry magazine TISH. He has taught literature at the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario and Simon Fraser University, and he continues to act as a Canadian literary ambassador at international conferences and readings.A distinguished novelist, poet, editor, professor, historian and tireless supporter of fellow writers, Bowering has authored more than eighty books, including works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, biography and youth fiction. His writing has also been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and Romanian.Governor-General's Award for Poetry, 1969.(Shortlist, 2000)Governor-General's Award for Fiction, 1980.bp Nichol Chapbook award for poetry, 1991.bp Nichol Chapbook award for poetry, 1992.Canadian Authors' Association Award for Poetry, 1993.Honorary Degree (D. Litt.), University of British Columbia, 1994.Officer of the Order of Canada, 2002Parliamentary Poet Laureate, 2002-2004Honorary Degree (D. Litt.), University of Western Ontario, 2003.

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