Talks & Events

  • Conversation and book launches

    May 16, 2019

    Thursday, May 16, 2019
    Massy Books
    229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver

    Saturday, May 18, 2019
    Richmond Public Library
    100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

    Please join us for the launch of Amy Fung’s new book  Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being, co-published by Artspeak and Book*hug. Also reading from her newest collection of texts is former Artspeak Director, now San Francisco based curator Kim Nguyen.

    “Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being” is the debut collection of creative nonfiction essays by Amy Fung. In it, Fung takes a closer examination at Canada’s mythologies of multiculturalism, settler colonialism, and identity through the lens of a national art critic.

    Following the tangents of a foreign-born perspective and the complexities and complicities in participating in ongoing acts of colonial violence, the book as a whole takes the form of a very long land acknowledgement. Taken individually, each piece roots itself in the learning and unlearning process of a first generation settler immigrant as she unfurls each region’s sense of place and identity.



Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being


Title: Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being
Category: nonfiction/essays
Artist: Amy Fung
Design: Malcolm Sutton
Publisher: Artspeak and Book*hug
Year published: 2019
Pages: 200p
Cover: soft
Binding: trade paper
Weight: 226 g
Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.1 x 13.3 cm
Cost: $20

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