Books & Writing

Allan Boss wrote and produced for CBC Radio programs including The Debaters, Sounds Like Canada, Ideas, Between the Covers and others. His forthcoming work, The Memory Box, is a miraculous story of his recovery and how he overcame a brain injury to turn a dire situation into the proverbial pot of gold: a full recovery and a well-rounded and successful life.

At age 24, he sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident. The prognosis was grim. Doctors warning that he may spend the rest of his life in an institution. Yet the experts couldn’t predict what would actually happen.

During the recovery, and afterwards he learned about brain injury and discovered that his case was more than unusual – his recovery was astounding. On that final day as a patient, he asked the attending neuropsychologist why he recovered as well and as rapidly as he did. The doctor said, “You tell me.” It was a question he couldn’t answer at the time. But now, some 30 years later, he has the answers.

Previous books:

Identifying Mavor Moore (Playwrights Canada Press): Mavor Moore, the enigmatic, obscured figure behind many of the most important moments in building Canada’s theatrical and cultural landscape has largely been ignored by history. In this groundbreaking study of his work, Allan Boss re-locates Moore in Canada’s cultural history.

Discovering Mavor Moore (Playwrights Canada Press): In this collection, editor Allan Boss examines eight of Moore’s plays and musicals alongside the works themselves, some published here for the first time. From Moore’s first play to his most celebrated opera, Boss unearths texts that helped define a national theatre and shape Canadian identity, and by doing so provides an important addition to Canadian studies.

Alberta Anthology 2006 (Frontenac House): Allan Boss edited this collection of CBC Alberta Anthology contest winning stories, essays, poems and dramatic monologues by some of Alberta’s best writers. Judges of the contest were award winning Albertan writers: Governor General’s award winning writers Sharon Pollock (Dramatic Monologue), E.D. Blodgett (Poetry & Poetic Prose), Gloria Sawai (Short Story), and GG nominated writer Aritha van Herk (Creative Non-Fiction).

Alberta Anthology: The Best of CBC’s Alberta Anthology for 2005 (Red Deer Press): in 2005, Alberta’s Centennial, Allan Boss negotiated this publishing agreement and edited the first book in the 26 year history of Albeta’s premier writing contest. Past winners have included luminaries such as W.O. Mitchell, Tom Weyman, Connie Massing and Marty Chan. Judges for this year’s contest included Governor General’s Award winning writers Vern Thiessen, Karen Connelly, E.D. Blodgett, and Gloria Sawai. Alberta Anthology was produced and hosted by CBC’s Allan Boss.

Selected Audio

Updrafts: (Ideas, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation): in 2002, Allan Boss was commissioned to write the story of his recovery from brain injury for CBC’s Ideas program. After airing, the program won nominations for multiple international awards and was broadcast internationally.

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