Kaie Kellough’s Debut Novel is a Grand Experiment


In an article by The Walrus, Kaie Kellough, a 2020 Phil Lind Initiative series moderator, speaks to his debut novel Accordéon. The Vancouver-born Montreal poet and writer draws on his childhood experience growing up in Calgary “at a time when that city had precious little experience with matters of racial diversity”, citing the noticeable “differences” as a theme he continuously returns to. On the conception and writing of Accordéon, Kellough muses: “Initially I was determined not to write the sort of novel that one would expect a poet to write. You know, the kind where very little happens and the language is the site of all the action and is very precious. But I think I might have written it by accident.”

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