Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being

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.

Reviews, press, and orders are now available through Book*hug Press.

Available May 7, 2019 in select stores, online, libraries, and IRL @ readings. An audio version (as read by author) is also now available.

Co-published by Artspeak and Book*hug Press.

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Past Readings:

June 23, 7PM, Reading & in conversation with Maria Hupfield @ Bluestockings BookStore, New York

June 4, 7PM, Reading & in conversation with Yaniya Lee @ Another Story Book Shop, Toronto

June 2, 10AM, Panelist on “Books and Brunch: In Her Voice Festival” @ King Edward Hotel, Toronto (Presented by Ben McNally Books)

May 28, 7PM, Reading @ Turning the Tide Book Store with Heather Benning, Saskatoon, Co-presented by AKA Gallery

May 27, 6:30PM, Reading & in conversation with Jennifer Matotek @ Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (Books available at the MacKenzie Art Gallery gift shop)

May 25, 7:30PM, Reading & in conversation with Sharanpal Ruprai @ McNally Robinson’s, Winnipeg

May 23, 7PM, Reading & in conversation with Janet Rogers @ Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton (Books available by Glass Bookshop)

May 22, 7PM, Reading & in conversation with Larissa Lai @ Untitled Art Society, Calgary (Co-presented by Shelf Life Books)

May 18, 1PM, Reading & in conversation with Kim Nguyen @ Richmond Public Library and Co-presented by Richmond Art Gallery & Artspeak

May 16, 7PM, Artspeak Launch, Reading & in conversation with Kim Nguyen @ Massy Books, Vancouver

May 1, 7:30PM, Book*hug Spring Launch @ The Garrison, Toronto

September 28, 2018, SALT BOX FESTIVAL solo reading, Swirsky’s, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

June 15, 2018 PUBLISHING AND THE SELF panel organized by the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon

March 22, 2018 DIFFICULT PEOPLE reading tour with Divya Mehra, Open Space Victoria

March 17, 2018, DIFFICULT PEOPLE reading with Divya Mehra and Kim Nguyen, Night Gallery, Los Angeles

February 28, 2018, DIFFICULT PEOPLE reading with Divya Mehra, Art Metropole, Toronto

January 17, 2018, A BRIEF AND UNRELIABLE HISTORY reading with Ted Kerr and moderator Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, dC3 Projects and Bookstore, Edmonton

October 4, 2017, VIEWS FROM THE 4TH, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto

September 17, 2017, NEVER THE SAME symposium, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary


This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.