Fiction. Epistolary. THE MOTHER GOOSE LETTERS comprises the annotated correspondence between Mother Goose and her cohorts in Britain concerning migration to the Canadian Prairies. The letters reveal both her attempts to wheedle her fellow nursery rhyme characters to settle in the Prairies with her and their mixed responses to her plans. Responding to a cease and desist command from No. 10 Downing St., M. Goose categorically makes her case for the out-migration and re-migration of her stories. She supposes they will continue to live if she gives them leave to change as time, place, and experience dictate. She is, after all, a runaway Mother Goose. In print for the first time, THE MOTHER GOOSE LETTERS presents scrupulously collated research in the form of hitherto unseen letters and previously unknown revisions of the best-known Mother Goose nursery rhymes and fairy tales. These collected works are used as the framework whereby a story of modern day immigration can be told.
"Fairy tales can be told and retold in infinite variety to accommodate new social or moral lessons. In THE MOTHER GOOSE LETTERS, stories and characters have been translated into the Canadian landscape and culture, where they survive brilliantly."—David Arnason
"THE MOTHER GOOSE LETTERS are a perfectly irreverent and amusingly sinister act of reclamation."—GMB Chomichuk
"With deft wit and a keen sense of political and personal satire, Karen Clavelle brings nursery rhymes and fairy tales home to the prairies, and the result is a riot of invention. These re-visions and sly commentaries reveal anew what has been right before us all along."—Warren Cariou
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Karen Clavelle is a poet, writer, playwright, educator. Her work has been published in Border Crossings, CVII, Prairie Fire, and the At Bay Press Fiction Annual, Secrets and Lies (2017). Prior to writing full-time, Karen taught at the University of Manitoba in the Department of English, Film and Theatre, as a Music Educator and Language Arts specialist in elementary schools, and worked as a Music critic for the Winnipeg Free Press. Her play, Crossword, was presented in a staged reading for the Sarasvati Bake Off finals, Winnipeg, 2014. Long interested in small (chapbook) presses, Karen is the founder of atelier78 press and a founding member of the enigmatic and somnambulant pachyderm press. Karen serves on the boards of the Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, and as Writer-in-Residence at St. Paul's College. Karen is the author of the long poem IOLAIRE (Turnstone, 2017). THE MOTHER GOOSE LETTERS is her first published novel.Author City: WINNIPEG, MB CAN