A novel, a short story collection, an encyclopedic collage—authors talk the myriad forms a story can take. Catherine Bush moderates.
Catherine Bush is the author of four novels: Amazon.ca Best Book Accusation, the Trillium Award-shortlisted Claire’s Head, The Rules of Engagement (which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book) and Minus Time. Her non-fiction has appeared in the anthology The Heart Does Break and elsewhere. She coordinates the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA.
Aislinn Hunter’s acclaimed collection of stories, What's Left Us, was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award and the ReLit Award, and her poetry, Into the Early Hours, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Hunter’s novel Stay was a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and was recently adapted for film. She presents The World Before Us, her first book of fiction in 12 years. It is a riveting exploration of the repercussions of small acts, the power of affection and the irrepressible vitality of everyday objects and events.
Eliza Robertson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria, then pursued her MA in prose fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she received a Man Booker Scholarship and the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer. She was a finalist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for "We Walked on Water," and her short story "My Sister Sang" was shortlisted for the 2013 Journey Prize. Robertson presents her debut collection, Wallflowers, a quirky and masterful bouquet that smashes stereotypes and shows us remarkable new ways of experiencing the world.
Diane Schoemperlen has published several critically acclaimed collections of short fiction and three novels. Her collection Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction, and her 2014 collection, By the Book: Stories and Pictures was compared to the works of Lydia Davis, David Markson and Padgett Powell by The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Her book, This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications was shortlisted for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize. She is currently on the faculty of the Humber School of Writing Correspondence Program. She lives in Kingston, Ontario. She presents First Things First: Early and Uncollected Fictions.