Genni Gunn


Author Events & Publications 2021

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Writing Craft: Genni Gunn

Getting Your Novel Started – A practical approach

You've always wanted to write a novel but cannot find either the time or the starting point. Writing must be something you do regularly, like brushing your teeth. You have unique experiences to record, hundreds of characters struggling to come out of your pen onto paper. What you need is to make time to write and, perhaps more importantly, to have a clear idea of what you are going to write. Genni Gunn, author of Permanent Tourists discusses getting your novel started!

 August 2021  INTERVIEW

By Licia Canton

In Conversation with Genni Gunn,

Author of Permanent Tourists

May 19, 2021 

October 25, 2021

Permanent Tourists
by Genni Gunn

Winnipeg: Signature Editions, 2020
$19.95 / 9781773240800

Reviewed by Zoe McKenna

The final page of Permanent Tourists closes with an “ocean of ghosts,” an image simultaneously elusive and evocative. This exploration of emotion without the assumption of clear resolution underlines the entirety of Genni Gunn’s third short story collection to a fascinating effect. 

Continue Reading. . .


Short story Collection


* Shortlisted for 2021 ReLit Award for Short Fiction

“In eight intersecting stories that range from a suicide pact on the tourist beaches of Mexico to Angkor Wat, a stone museum in Italy, and the Thai fleshpots that conceal a lost father, Genni Gunn charts the blank spaces in human relationships: silences between loved ones, dark histories neither escaped nor forgotten, moral dilemmas that spin on a dime, death that brings no redemption. Delicately rendered, with characters that move restlessly from one landscape to the next, these complex stories look without flinching into the heart of human longing.”

       —Merilyn Simonds, author of Refuge

January 27, 2021 INTERVIEW

Author of twelve books, including her most recent Permanent Tourists (Signature Editions), Genni Gunn joins us on the blog—sharing more about her parallel life as a musician, the classical history she carries with her as a result of growing up in Italy, and her restlessness for journeys into the unexpected.

My translations from Italian of two poems, “Code of Conduct” and “Exorcism” by Ada Donati, published in subTerrain Issue #87 Tales from the Pandemic, Jan 2021.

Pleased to see an essay on my work by Sylvia Terzian and Veronica Austen entitled “Locating the Traveller: Genni Gunn and Nostalgia on the Move” published in Patterns of Nostos in Italian Canadian Narratives (University of Toronto Press, Canada, 2021). “This paper analyzes the concept of nostos through a reading of Italian-Canadian writer Genni Gunn’s autobiographical travelogue TRACKS: Journeys in time and Place (2013) to show how its narratives of movement contest meanings of home and homecoming. Gunn initiates new ways of thinking about return by taking the migrant traveler as its central figure and envisioning home as a “practice of displacement” (Evelein 21) wherein “home” is not achievable through physical return, but through memory…

My travel essay, "Birth Stones" which was published in the US by Nowhere: People, Place, Time has been nominated for Best American Travel Writing 2021.

On their 20th anniversary, Chants Libres has put out a video of arias of operas they have produced over that time. One of them is ALTERNATE VISIONS, the opera for which I wrote the libretto. Music by John Oliver. French translation by Anne-Marie Alonzo. Here is the snippet from Alternate Visions, and includes setup and performance. 

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