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Who Has Seen the Wind

  • Publication Date: November 8, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781990601125 / 199060112X
  • 7" x 8ΒΌ"

A gorgeous new illustrated edition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this seminal Canadian classic.

Since its publication in 1947, Who Has Seen the Wind — a classic tale about a boy growing up on the Saskatchewan prairie — has been read and loved by millions. With his unique blend of poetry and humour, W.O. Mitchell perfectly captures childhood and small-town life. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters — young Brian O’Connal and his family, including his fiery-tongued Uncle Sean and his formidable Scotch grandmother, and the colourful inhabitants of their prairie community — it is not only the story of one boy, but an ageless story of growing up and the search for meaning.

This new edition commemorates the 75th anniversary of the book’s publication, bringing together the complete and unabridged version of the text with 8 full-colour paintings and 32 black-and-white illustrations by renowned artist William Kurelek. It also includes a new foreword from W.O. Mitchell’s friend, the acclaimed novelist Frances Itani, as well as new essays about the book’s storied history and legacy. Admirers of W.O. Mitchell will cherish this edition, and a new generation of readers will discover this brilliant, timeless novel for the first time.

“One of the finest Canadian novels ever written.” GLOBE AND MAIL

“Mitchell . . . has so thoroughly captured the feeling of Canada and the Canadian people that we feel repeated shock of recognition as we read.” ROBERTSON DAVIES

PubWest Book Design Awards – Book/Jacket Cover (Small Format), 2022 (winner)

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