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Proof I was Here
Proof I was Here

Proof I was Here


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Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781928088776

Rights: US

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd (Jun 2019)
Buckrider Books


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A smart and gritty coming-of-age story involving politics, art and an exotic setting that will appeal to many readers.

What's the point of trying to leave a mark when everything disappears? This question is at the heart of Proof I Was Here, a novel that tells the picaresque coming-of-age story of a young thief and aspiring artist who attempts to reboot her life on the streets of Barcelona after an unexpected breakup. Hailing from Toronto, where she has an assault charge waiting, Niki is outside of Canada for the first time. The pickpockets, squatters, and graffiti artists she meets challenge her to reassess her ideas about luck and art. With the help of a passionate Catalan separatist who dreams of building a new country from the ground up, Niki realizes that starting her life over from scratch could be an opportunity—if she can just find a way to clear her name.


"Trust Exercise is an elegant reminder not only of the malleability of memory, but also of its interruptions. The writing here breathes like a series of long sighs, and there's a quiet to the prose the way a flame set to parchment is muted yet alive. The devil is in the details, sure, but this wry story of love glides and swoops, too." —2017 CBC Literary Awards Jury Citation for non-fiction

"Becky Blake, a Toronto writer who is working on her first novel, has won the CBC Short Story Prize. Her winning short story, "The Three Times Rule," plunges readers into an encounter between a woman and her new lover with clear signs that the relationship is not going to work out." —CBC Books on the 2013 CBC Literary Award for short fiction.

Author Biography

Becky Blake is a two-time winner of the CBC Literary Prize for Non-Fiction in 2017 and Short Story in 2013. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications across Canada. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Education. Becky currently lives in Toronto where she's working on a second novel and a memoir-in-essays.