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Susan Kerslake fonds
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45 Below : The Top Ten Writers, 1986

File contains documents relating to Kerslake's nomination as one of the top ten best fiction writers in Canada in 1986. The contest, 45 Below, took place under the Canadian Book Information Centre.

A Flicker of Moths

File contains an unpublished manuscript of Susan Kerslake's writing titled "A Flicker of Moths." The cover page has a quote from Robinson Jeffers which says "... Life; a flicker of men and moths ...," and a longer poem by ...

Articles regarding Susan Kerslake

File contains articles regarding Kerslake, including her writing and general career. Several include pictures. Not all are identified, but newspapers include The Times (Saint Mary's University) and The Bridgewater Bulletin.

Aya Press

File contains correspondence with Aya Press. Materials include one handwritten letter detailing cheques received for Penumbra royalties and sales.

Blind Date

File contains one copy of "Blind Date" by Susan Kerslake. The cover depicts two unknown shapes similar to curtains draped over objects, colored in shades of black and white.

Blind Date : A collection of finely honed short stories

File contains a newspaper review titled "Blind Date : A collection of finely honed short stories" by Lorna Inness. It is from the Reader's Corner section of the Chronicle Herald/Mail Star, Saturday, September 23, 1989, page E4.

Breakwater Publishing

File contains correspondence with Breakwater Publishing. Materials include four typed letters to and from Kerslake including requests and payment discussions for use of Kerslake's writing in various anthologies.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

File contains correspondence with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Materials include a typed letter from CBC requesting permission to record an eight minute reading of "Blind Date." The request is made to both Kerslake and Po...

Canadian Fiction Magazine

File contains correspondence from the Canadian Fiction Magazine. Materials include one letter from the magazine requesting publication of her untitled short story about Skye.

Contracts and royalties, various publishers

File contains correspondence from various publishers regarding contracts and royalties. Publishers incude Pottersfield Press, Ragweed Press, and Aya Press. Materials also include financial statements related to book sales.and a handwritten letter.

Correspondence

Series contains correspondence to and from Kerslake, as well as correspondence enacted on Kerslake’s behalf from publishers. Materials include letters both typed and handwritten, as well as form rejection letters and requests for use of work.

Creance

File contains an unpublished manuscript of Susan Kerslake's writing titled "Creance." The file also contains a rejection letter from The Women's Press and a letter of criticisms and suggestions from Oberon Press, as well as a p...

Dalhousie Medical School : Medicine and the Humanities

File contains documents from Dalhousie Medical School's Conference "Medicine and the Humanities" in which Kerslake was a speaker. Materials include schedules and information about the 1991 conference, requests to publish excerpts of...

Dalhousie University : Visiting Writer poster

File contains a poster for Dalhousie's English department in which Kerslake was a visiting writer and speaker. The event was held on Friday, November 13, 1987 at 3:30 PM in the English department lounge, and advertised that Kerslake would be ...

Early writing

Series contains writing done by Kerslake early in her life, including works completed as young as grade eight. Eight of the files include writing that is untitled.

Emery Collegiate Institute

File contains correspondence from the Emery Collegiate Institute. Materials include two letters, one to and one from Kerslake, regarding a request for a contribution to their wall dedicated to authors, as well as a piece of writing possibly select...

English 201

File contains a piece of early writing from Kerslake titled "English 201." There are a few edits, and the last page includes commentary from a teacher. It is handwritten on looseleaf. The work received a B+.

Fielder, Leslie

File contains correspondence from Leslie Fielder, Kerslake's old teacher from 1960-61 and a professor in the English department at Samuel Clemens in New York. Materials include a letter from Kerslake briefly updating her on her writing and pr...

Formac Publishing

File contains correspondence from Formac Publishing. Materials include three letters, two seeking permission to reprint stories in a collection titled "Best Maritime Short Stories" and one regarding payment.

Gage Educational Publishing Company

File contains correspondence from Gage Educational Publishing Company. Materials include two letters, one handwritten by Kerslake requesting rights clarification and another informing her that her material could not be included in the 1989/90 edit...

Germination

File contains correspondence from Germination. Materials include two letters regarding publication of her poetry in upcoming issues of the magazine Poetry selected includes portions of "Now that my mother is dead ...," "Sometimes, b...

Gibbons, Greg

File contains correspondence with Greg Gibbons. Materials include one handwritten, photocopied letter from Kerslake regarding suggested edits.

Governor General’s Award from the Canada Council

File contains correspondence from the Canada Council regarding Kerslake's nomination for a Governor General's Award for "The Book of Fears.". Materials include a confirmation letter, a press release, and an invitation stamped b...

Governor General’s Award nomination

File contains correspondence regarding Kerslake's nomination for a Governor General's Award for "The Book of Fears." Materials include letters and card of congratulations, newspaper articles, and reviews.

Grain

File contains correspondence with Grain. Materials include letters both typed and handwritten regarding publication, revisions, and one rejection.

Halifax City Regional Library

File contains correspondence with the Halifax City Regional Library. Materials include two letters both to and from Kerslake regarding the Freedom to Read program she participated in and her appreciation for the library in general.

Hants Shore Health Centre

File contains correspondence with the Hants Shore Health Centre. Materials include two letters regarding a contribution to their anthology "ShoreLines," and some handwritten prose on looseleaf that may be her contribution.

Harbour Front Reading Series

File contains correspondence with the Harbour Front Reading Series. Materials include two letters: one asking Kerslake to provide information about her experiences with Toronto, and a reply from Kerslake stating that she has no connection to Toron...

Maillard, Keith

File contains correspondence with Keith Maillard. Materials include one letter that is two pages, back and front, answering questions about his book likely posed by Kerslake in a previous letter.

Manuscripts of published novels

Series contains manuscripts of novels written by Kerslake that were published. Written material includes drafts of novels Middlewatch and Penumbra, with edits on most or every page and alternate titles. Related material includes correspondence sep...

Manuscripts of unpublished novels

Series contains manuscripts of novels written by Kerslake that were never published. Written material includes manuscripts both in their original form and copies with edits. Related materials include letters from third parties with suggested edits...

Maritime Writer’s Workshop

File contains documents from the 1990 Maritime Writers' Workshop in which Kerslake was an instructor. Materials include one pamphlet for the workshop and a script for Kerslake's talk, titled "Once Upon a Time."

Mercury Press

File contains correspondence with Mercury Press. Materials include two letters regarding royalty payments for Penumbra, and one financial statement regarding the sales and inventory of the book.

Middlewatch

File contains correspondence regarding Susan Kerslake's "Middlewatch." Materials include both written and typed letters, including some written on her behalf as well as with a professor of English at Dalhousie, suggested edits to th...

Middlewatch

File contains one copy of "Middlewatch" by Susan Kerslake. The cover is brown and beige with bare trees on it.

Middlewatch : first draft

File contains the first draft of a manuscript of Susan Kerslake's "Middlewatch." In this draft, it is titled "To Stir a Flower" and the cover page includes the quote "That thou canst not stir a flower without troublin...

Middlewatch : second draft

File contains the second draft of a manuscript of Susan Kerslake's "Middlewatch." In this draft, it is titled "To Stir a Flower." The manuscript includes minor edits on most pages.

Middlewatch fan mail

File contains fan mail for Kerslake's novel "Middlewatch." Materials include five handwritten letters (one that is made up of several different people's commentary), and one novel critique by a person in eighth grade.

Millett, Kate

File contains correspondence with Kate Millett. Materials include one letter that is two pages, back and front, explaining "The Farm," a communal living situation with summer openings that include farm work each day.

Mount Saint Vincent University

File contains correspondence with Mount Saint Vincent University regarding the Making Time for Art workshop. Materials include one general invitation to the workshop with details and schedule, and one report on the workshop that is four pages back...

Ontario Arts Council

File contains correspondence with the Ontario Arts Council. Materials include one letter to Kerslake regarding the arrival of a grant for her amounting to seven hundred dollars.

Organizations, conferences, and awards

Series contains materials related to Kerslake’s involvement with organizations or events related to her writing. The organizations represented in the series are the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, the Writer’s Council of Nova Scotia, and CBC. ...

Peabody, George

File contains correspondence with George Peabody. Materials include one handwritten letter to Kerslake requesting permission to reprint "Soft Body Parts" (as well as "Did You Ever ...") from "The Book of Fears," and o...

Penumbra

File contains correspondence regarding Susan Kerslake's "Penumbra." Materials include letters regarding royalty payment issues, including her rough drafts of replies, conversation with publishers, and rejection letters. Associated m...

Penumbra

File contains one copy of "Penumbra" by Susan Kerslake. The cover depicts a large sea creature in the ocean underneath a small boat.

Penumbra : first draft

File contains the first draft of a manuscript of Susan Kerslake's "Penumbra." The cover includes a glued-on black and white photograph of a cliff overlooking the beach. The draft is an original, with no photocopied material. It incl...

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