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Three writers, Melissa Bull, Catriona Wright, and Aaron Kreuter will be launching their collections of short stories together with us on November 30!
Melissa Bull is a writer and editor, as well as a French-to-English translator of fiction, essays, and plays.
Melissa is the editor of Maisonneuve magazine's "Writing from Quebec" column. Her fiction, nonfiction, translations, and poetry have appeared in such publications as Event, Nouveau Projet, Joyland, NewPoetry, SubTerrain, Lemon Hound, Urbania, The Puritan, and Prism International. She is the author of a collection of poetry Rue (2015), which was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Debut-litzer Award, and the Fred Kerner Award. She is the translator of Nelly Arcan's collection Burqa of Skin (2014), and her translation of Marie-Sissi Labrèche's novel, Borderline (2019) is forthcoming. The Knockoff Eclipse is her first collection of short fiction. Melissa lives in Montreal.
Catriona Wright is the author of the poetry collection Table Manners (Véhicle Press, 2017) and the short story collection Difficult People (Nightwood Editions, 2018). Her stories have appeared in Geist, The New Quarterly, Joyland, Grain and Room. She is the poetry editor for The Puritan and a co-founder of Desert Pets Press.
Aaron Kreuter writes poetry and fiction. He is the author of the poetry collection Arguments for Lawn Chairs. You and Me, Belonging is his first book of fiction. He lives in Toronto.
MELISSA BULL / THE KNOCKOFF ECLIPSE:
Melissa Bull's debut short story collection, The Knockoff Eclipse hums with the immediacy of distant and future worlds. Firmly rooted in the streets of Montreal and its many neighbourhoods and subcultures, Bull zooms in on the female experience while playing with societal expectation and literary convention. Spattered with bits of French, many of the stories pull back the covers on the intersection between French and English Canada. The Knockoff Eclipse is dark like Duras, flippant comme Sagan, with elements of the surreal running through. These stories are modern feminist fables for the reader who is decidedly uninterested in upholding the moral of the story as it's been traditionally told.
CATRIONA WRIGHT/DIFFICULT PEOPLE:
Manipulators, liars, egomaniacs, bullies, interrupters, condescenders, ice queens, backstabbers, hypocrites, withholders, belligerents, self-deceivers, whiners, know-it-alls, nitpickers: these are some of the characters you’ll encounter in Difficult People. As these characters fumble through their quests for freediving fame, comedic glory, romantic love, stable employment or anyone who can tolerate them, they reveal that we are all, in our own ways, difficult people.
AARON KREUTER/YOU AND ME, BELONGING:
In You and Me, Belonging, Aaron Kreuter explores our contemporary world with insight, originality, and empathy. The stories in this debut collection are brimming with characters striving to fit in, to find their place in the world, to belong. A Jewish waitress has an affair with a Palestinian chef. A one-percenter self destructs when he becomes obsessed with mastering the guitar. A university student stoned in Amsterdam hallucinates about Anne Frank on Birthright Israel. In the closing novella, a vanful of young women follow a fictional jam band across America, steeping in counterculture, music, and the ups and downs of the road. The collection is satiric and emotional, angry and hopeful, passionate and surprising. Like a wedding speech gone off the rails, like the best improvised music, You and Me, Belonging takes readers to some unexpected places.
Friday, November 30 2018