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published: Mar 2020
publisher: Talonbooks

Wanting Everything

The Collected Works

by Gladys Hindmarch, edited by Deanna Fong & Karis Shearer

tagged: contemporary women, women authors, family life, canadian, literary, short stories (single author)

Wanting Everything presents the collected works of Vancouver writer Gladys Hindmarch. In addition to reproducing newly revised editions of her book-length works (The Peter Stories, A Birth Account, and The Watery Part of the World), the volume collects unpublished works of prose as well as correspondence, criticism, oral history interviews, and occasional writing. Spanning over five decades, this diverse work challenges the conception of what constitutes a prolific literary career, extending the notion of writerly activity to include work that is social, collaborative, and dialogic. Hindmarch has made significant contributions to innovative feminist writing, covering topics such as the embodied experience of pregnancy and birth, working-class women’s labour, and the intimacies of domesticity, all while sustaining an engagement with local places and social economies.


Hindmarch’s work embodies the notion of proprioception that was so central to the poetics of the TISH group and other experimental writing in the West Coast tradition. However, in Hindmarch, "sensibility within the organism" is revisited as a feminist stance that connects the experience of the body – moving through space, breathing, labouring, connecting with others – with a keen observational reading of situations, the self, and others. Wanting Everything recognizes Hindmarch’s significant contribution to Canada’s literary and cultural fields, making her work accessible to new readers and literary scholars, and framing it within the history of avant-garde writing, feminist production, and labour issues. Edited by Karis Shearer and Deanna Fong, this remarkable volume concludes with a brand-new, in-depth interview with the author.

Wanting Everything continues Talonbooks’ affordable and carefully curated Selected Writing series.

About the Authors

Gladys Hindmarch

Deanna Fong

Karis Shearer

Karis Shearer is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Western Ontario, where she is completing her dissertation on postmodern cultural workers and the Canadian long poem. She has published articles on women’s writing and the poetry of Lynn Crosbie, and has guest-edited an issue of Open Letter on new Canadian fiction writers.

Contributor Notes

Gladys Hindmarch was a central figure in the Vancouver literary scene in the 1960s. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and little magazines dedicated to innovative prose, Canadian literature, and women’s writing. Hindmarch taught English at Capilano College from 1974 to 2002.

Editorial Review

"Wanting Everything provides an opportunity to listen to the interrupted form of Hindmarch’s oeuvre and, in the process, provide a critical view of care’s relationship to literary and artistic community."
The Capilano Review


"Hindmarch’s body of work is remarkable not only for being one among many of consequence by the Vancouver figures who flourished during this period, but also for supplying an example of a largely untold backstory undergirding that scene."
Rain Taxi


"Editors Fong and Shearer have done a great service to the record of midcentury Vancouver modernism … Wanting Everything is a landmark publication, truly wanting nothing … Across the compilation … a voice emerges that is attuned, attentive, and responsive to literature, literature’s role in a society, and literature’s potential role in reshaping that society."
—Gregory Betts, the Ampersand Review of Writing & Publishing


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