Acquainted With The Night

Acquainted With The Night

Excursions Through the World After Dark

Christopher Dewdney


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Only Christopher Dewdney could mine the darkest pools of lore, legend, natural history, science, cultural history and the arts to recast the seemingly commonplace aspects of an ordinary night into a magical and exhilarating nocturnal tour. Using an original hour-by-hour structure that follows night’s progression from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, Dewdney explores and celebrates a single representative night at each point on the clock.

  • 6:00 pm: The setting sun begins Dewdney’s search to discover the perfect sunset.
  • 10:00 pm: The evening rhythms of the city hit their stride, from the cop on the night beat to the backbeat of the clubs.
  • Midnight: The hour of romance and magic.
  • 3:00 am: Dewdney is wide awake at a sleep clinic.
  • 5:00 am: “The desperate hour,” we enter a provocative cultural investigation of the “art of darkness.”

For all those who’ve been wondering what they’ve been missing while they sleep, Acquainted with the Night is an illuminating exploration and a terrific gift book.


Christopher Dewdney:

Christopher Dewdney is one of Canada's most articulate and thoughtful cultural commentators. He has published three books of popular non-fiction, including The Immaculate Perception, which was nominated for the Governor General's Award, and Last Flesh. He also penned 11 highly acclaimed books of poetry and won first prize for poetry in the CBC Literary Competition. Fluent in several scientific disciplines, Christopher Dewdney makes his home in Toronto, where he teaches creative writing at York University.