Pursuit of Perfection, The: A Life of Celia Franca

9781770862258

ISBN 9781770862258 | 5.5″ x 8.5″ | TPB | $22.95
ISBN 9781770860438 | 5.5″ x 8.5″ | HC | $36
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Category: Biography & Memoir

 
Born into a working-class family in 1921, Celia Franca, though a capable dancer, was an unlikely candidate for ballet greatness. But Celia possessed a drive that was almost unrivalled, and went on to become one of the most important figures in Canadian ballet in the twentieth century.

Franca grew up in London, England, and started dancing when she was four, ultimately becoming a star performer with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet. When a group from Toronto was hopeful of establishing a major ballet, they brought Celia across the Atlantic to be the founder. Celia went on to build the company, the National Ballet of Canada, into a major cultural force in Canada.

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the National Ballet of Canada, The Pursuit of Perfection tells of the battles, the heartbreaks, the successes, and the accolades Celia and the Ballet shared.

 

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Awards

Finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award in the Non-fiction category
Finalist for the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non Fiction
Named to the Globe and Mail 100 for 2012


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“Bishop-Gwyn’s book goes a long way to give us a much fuller and more sympathetic picture of Celia Franca than we have ever had before, without minimizing the character flaws … She has been lucky to have a biographer who does her justice and reminds those of us who needed reminding how great was the debt owed to her.”
Macleans

“This nuanced portrait … makes this ballet biography a must-read … both superbly insightful and judiciously written.”
The Globe and Mail

“You do not have to be a ballet fan to enjoy The Pursuit of Perfection, which overflows with triumphs and tragedies both onstage and off. Franca is such a unique and fascinating character it is difficult at times to remember the book is a thoroughly researched biography and not a work of fiction.”
Quill and Quire

“Wonderful … Carol Bishop-Gwyn brings the life of Celia Franca with both the positive and negative that breeds true passion. In the end her book gives readers the truth of what it took to make an inspirational woman become a true Canadian icon.”
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About the Author

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Bishop-Gwyn, Carol
has worked as a broadcaster and producer for CBC National Radio and as a freelance magazine writer. (read more)


Books by the Author

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Pursuit of Perfection, The: A Life of Celia Franca
Carol Bishop-Gwyn
ISBN 9781770862258 | 5.5" x 8.5" | TPB | $22.95

Finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award in the Non-fiction category
Finalist for the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non Fiction
Named to the Globe and Mail 100 for 2012


Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the National Ballet of Canada, The Pursuit of Perfection tells of the battles, the heartbreaks, the successes, and the accolades lived by its founder, Celia Franca. (read more)


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