The Possible Lives of W.H., Sailor

By (author): Bushra Junaid

?What truths would you utter from your mouth
If you could tell us your story?
? The Possible Lives of W.H., Sailor

In this powerful and deeply moving poetic narrative, author/artist Bushra Junaid gives presence to W.H., a mysterious nineteenth-century sailor whose remains were discovered in Labrador in the late 1980s. What little can be deduced about W.H. archaeologically is that he was of African heritage, and buried alone on the coast of a forbidding landscape. Junaid?s poem embraces the mystery of W.H., ponders his life?who he might have been, how he might have lived? and in so doing not only offers a daring look at the history of the African experience in North America, but claims as kin a man isolated, alone, and until now, forgotten.

The Possible Lives of W.H., Sailor was inspired by ?What Carries Us: Newfoundland and Labrador in the Black Atlantic?, an exhibition that Junaid curated at The Rooms (St. John?s, NL) in 2020. The book includes a timeline about the Black experience in North America, as well as helpful material for further discussion.

AUTHOR

Bushra Junaid

An artist, curator, and arts administrator, Bushra Junaid was born in Montreal to Jamaican and Nigerian parents and raised in St. John’s, NL. She has exhibited her work across Canada, curated numerous exhibitions, and illustrated Adwoa Badoe’s Nana’s Cold Days (Groundwood Books, 2009). She lives and works in Toronto, ON.


Awards

  • Globe & Mail’s top 10 kids’ books 2022, Commended
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Children’s Educational Picture Book, Aged 6 and up 2023, Nominated
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    ?What truths would you utter from your mouth
    If you could tell us your story?
    ? The Possible Lives of W.H., Sailor

    In this powerful and deeply moving poetic narrative, author/artist Bushra Junaid gives presence to W.H., a mysterious nineteenth-century sailor whose remains were discovered in Labrador in the late 1980s. What little can be deduced about W.H. archaeologically is that he was of African heritage, and buried alone on the coast of a forbidding landscape. Junaid?s poem embraces the mystery of W.H., ponders his life?who he might have been, how he might have lived? and in so doing not only offers a daring look at the history of the African experience in North America, but claims as kin a man isolated, alone, and until now, forgotten.

    The Possible Lives of W.H., Sailor was inspired by ?What Carries Us: Newfoundland and Labrador in the Black Atlantic?, an exhibition that Junaid curated at The Rooms (St. John?s, NL) in 2020. The book includes a timeline about the Black experience in North America, as well as helpful material for further discussion.

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    Dimensions:

    48 Pages
    8in * 11in * 1in
    225gr

    Published:

    May 30, 2023

    City of Publication:

    Tors Cove

    Country of Publication:

    CA

    Publisher:

    Running the Goat

    ISBN:

    9781927917855

    Language:

    eng

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