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Here we've pulled together a bit of background — an overview of the project, oddities from the author's files on the novel and the broader twelve-year journey that has been Hunger's Brides.
Along the way to becoming a novel, the project has given rise to a number of forms and derivations in the twelve years since its inception.
- a novel, revolving around the life of the 17th-century poet Juana Inés de la Cruz.
- an international theatrical tour of an adaptation of the then half-written manuscript, staged at the Guadalajara International Book Fair and also in the chapel-theatre of the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz in 1996.
- an author reading tour, beginning at the Harbourfront Reading Series in Toronto, touring to the Ottawa International Writers Festival and Wordfest, the Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival.
- an evening of actor readings and multimedia, based on a lost musical work called Caracol, and featuring the author as well as Denise Clarke, Onalea Gilbertson and Michael Green -- members all of the One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre ensemble. Digital video effects and sound design by Richard McDowell, resident composer of OYR.
More about Sor(Sister) Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Strange gleanings from the author's files.
Project genesis: Paul Anderson on first hearing the name of Juana Inés de la Cruz.
A timeline for Hunger's Brides: for the years 1321-1695
From the author, on how to write Hunger's Brides.
On the six-volume edition that never was. Early discussions were of a serial release of the novel - one of its six constituent books released every two months for a year. The author was briefly indulged, then let down easy by the publishers.
Author's acknowledgements. Yes, it runs to three pages, but we figure in twelve years he must have racked up some debts.
About the author.
Not sufficiently reassured? -- a little more on the author here.
It gets strange here. There are two magazine layouts making reference to Hunger's Brides, both curious in their own right, but with which the author has no connection whatever.
- A fashion shoot in a magazine called Elm Street, The Look, featuring -- apparently this is true -- a bit of not quite nunnish erotica wrapped in silks and velvets and brocades.
- A pitch to the local franchise of a media conglomerate, pitching Hunger's Brides as an example of a back-page spread for a new lifestyle magazine.