[Toronto]: McClelland and Stewart, . First edition. Octavo. Cloth and boards. 256 pp. Inscribed and signed by Atwood on the half-title page, "For Joe- - / with thanks and / best wishes -- / Margaret Atwood / Saranac Lake / 1978." Ownership signature on front free endsheet, "Joe David Bellamy," neatly written laudatory annotations in two of the stories, else very good; dust jacket price-clipped with minor toning, (lovely portrait of Atwood on rear panel), else good without tears or chips.
First edition. Personal copy of Atwood's friend and colleague, Joe David Bellamy (1941-2014), a former president of the Association of Writers & Writing Program's Board of Directors and a prolific writer of fiction, articles, essays, poetry, and reviews. He authored nineteen books in his lifetime, including his last novel, Green Freedom, which was published in 2012. His first novel, Suzi Sinzinnati (1989), won the sixth annual Editors’ Book Award, and Atomic Love (1993), a collection of short fiction, was an AWP Award Series Selection. His other writings have been published in The Atlantic, The Nation, Harper’s, Paris Review, Narrative, New York Times Book Review, Ploughshares, Partisan Review, Story, North American Review, and Washington Post Book World. Very good. Item #490