Thanks to New Westminster poet laureate Candice James for the invitation, and also for collegial support to Simon Fraser University’s Celeste Snowber, novelist Nasreen Pejvack whose book Amity is nominated for the Ethel Wilson Prize, remarkable poet Lilija Valis, and novelist Andew Parkin, past chair of English at Hong Kong’s Chinese University.
Globalization was written in Vancouver, BC in 2004, revised later in St. Stephen, NB, and completed at North Conway, very near Crawford Notch, NH, in 2008. The contrast between Wal-Mart and family-run corner grocers needs no explanation.
A questioner later in the session is novelist Andrew Parkin. Serendipitously, Celeste Snowber had also been to Crawford Notch.