A hoax isn't always a lie meant to deceive or wound, it can also exert a positive influence argues Heather Jessup in This Is Not a Hoax: Unsettling Truth in Canadian Culture (Wifrid Laurier U. 2019). Publicity for the book states: "Through their insistent disobedience, they assist viewer and readers in re-examining unquestioned institutional trust, habituated cultural hierarchies, and the deeply inscribed racism and sexism of Canada's settler-colonial history." Jessup examines hoaxical works from Canadian artists such as Brian Jungen and Rebecca Belmore, and writers and translators David Solway and Erin Moure.

Jessup holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto and teaches English at Langara College, BC. Her first novel, The Lightning Field was a finalist for the Raddall and Savage Book Awards, and was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award. She is co-curator and lead director of the Prud'homme Library Project.


The Lightning Field (Gaspereau Press 2011) $27.95 978-1554471065

This Is Not a Hoax: Unsettling Truth in Canadian (Wifrid Laurier U. 2019) $35.99 978-1-7711-2364-8

[BCBW 2020]