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Ellen Seligman edited and published some of Canada’s most celebrated books, including winners of 23 Governor General’s Literary Awards, 6 Scotiabank Giller Prizes, and 3 Man Booker Prizes.
During her four decades at McClelland & Stewart, Ellen was a fierce advocate for Canadian poetry, helping to ensure that M&S was one of the only large publisher in Canada to publish poetry.

I was living in Johannesburg when I first learned about pianos. The man I learned from was nearly twice my age; his name was Jacques Franklin. He was from France, via Vietnam and Australia.

Walking into wind, I lean into my mother’s muskrat coat;
around the cuffs her wristbones have worn away the fur.

If we stood still we’d disappear. There’s no up or down,
no…

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