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A Prose Reading Series at Famous Last Words. 5:15pm at 392 Pacific Ave.

Happy New Year!! Happy Readings!!

We are thrilled to get back to the microphone with readings scheduled for January 26, February 23 and March 29!!

On January 26, we are so excited to host our readings at the Anansi Book Shop, 128 Stirling Road (Lower Level). Accessibility information is available on their website. Come early and browse the bookshelves! We will have some refreshments, coffee and tea and we’d love for you to join us for drink at Henderson Brewery afterward!

This is a PWYC event, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Feel free to throw more into the pot. All proceeds go to the authors. January 26, we welcome Maria Meindl, Sally Cooper, Dean Serravalle and David Albertyn.

A good friend of Junction Reads and host of the Draft Reading Series, Maria Meindl will be reading from her first novel, THE WORK from Stonehouse Publishing.

“When aspiring stage-manager Rebecca Weir falls for the married director of SenseInSound theatre company, she initiates a love triangle and working collaboration which go on for two decades. Set in Toronto at the start of the 1980s, the novelexplores the genesis of what its disciples call ‘The Work’. The director, Marlin, has the status of a Guru in SenseInSound, but is he pushing people’s limits or abusing his power? Is the ‘The Work’ a cutting-edge artistic practice, a road to personal healing, or a cult?”

Sally Cooper returns with her new novel, WITH MY BACK TO THE WORLD from Wolsak and Wynn. “In an ambitious, yet intimate novel set in Taos, New Mexico, and Hamilton, Ontario, Sally Cooper explores unexpected motherhood, creativity, race, love and faith. With My Back to the World tells the stories of three women: Rudie, who is editing a documentary in Hamilton in 2010; historical artist Agnes Martin, who decides in 1974 after seven years’ exile in New Mexico to begin painting again; and Ellen, a black woman burying her husband in 1870 on an Ontario homestead. Each of these women is waiting for the arrival of an unexpected child and their interconnected stories explore how society’s, and our own, ideas of what it means to be a woman, a mother and an artist change over time.”

Dean Serravalle brings his latest novel, WHERE I FALL WHERE SHE RISES from Inanna Publications. ” Where I Fall, Where She Rises is a novel that follows two women on opposite ends of a terrorist kidnapping. While one woman suffers and falls at the hands of her captors, the other exploits the fame of such a publicized event to secure a future for her unborn child. Lea Ironstone is a Canadian freelance journalist who recalls her time spent in the very dangerous red zone of Baghdad, after the 2003 U.S. invasion. A self-destructive addict, she refuses to relegate herself to the safer green zone, where most mainstream news journalists like Paul Shell are protected. Desperately seeking a more controversial story to re-establish his fame as a television journalist for GNN, Paul Shell contacts Lea and agrees to meet her in the red zone for a recent finding. They are kidnapped by an insurgent terrorist sect and tortured repeatedly. Carol Shell, Paul Shell’s wife lives in New York. Eight months pregnant, Carol is approached by Timothy Abel, her husband’s agent. Timothy wishes to represent her “victimhood,” which he sees as a very marketable and exploitable asset. Her appetite for fame and celebrity eclipses her familial priorities and she is coerced into a lifestyle that hinges on personal promotion. Lea and Paul find themselves incarcerated in a basement dungeon expecting their next “artistic” torture, while Carol makes her next public appearance to further her star. Lea and Paul’s relationship evolves into a mutual understanding of their united fate, while Carol, on the other side of the world, rises in public stature..”

David Albertyn brings us his novel, UNDERCARD published by Anansi. “When Tyron Shaw returns to his hometown of Las Vegas after eleven years in the Marines, he’s surprised to discover that two of his best friends from childhood are all anyone is talking about: Antoine Deco, three years out of prison, hasn’t lost a boxing match since his release, and tonight is fighting in the undercard to the fight of the decade; and Keenan Quinn, a police officer who killed an unarmed teenager and escaped punishment from the courts, is the subject of a protest tomorrow morning. Tyron has trouble reconciling either story with his memory of these men, and the situation escalates when he runs into the love of his life, Naomi Wilks, a retired WNBA player, basketball coach, and estranged wife of Keenan. As Tyron reconnects with his old community, he will learn over the next twenty-four hours that much has changed since he left Las Vegas . . . and there is much more that he never understood.”

2019 was a great year of reading!

Some of you may be scanning the shelves of your independent bookstores for all the Best Ofs of 2019 and wondering for whom will you gift the joy of a fantastic #CanLit book? Others (like me) may have long lists of holds at the library, desperately hoping the 70 other people could just read a little faster, already!!

If you’re looking for a great gift, look no further than here. I am going to lay out Junction Reads’ 2019 readers (with my own little personal reviews…there are links for more detailed synopses). Because I am not a fast reader and have been immersed in my own writing, some of these reviews have been extracted from conversations with friends and family. I am also not a great reviewer of books!

Check them out and consider this our very own Top 22 with a few added bonus stories thrown in at the end!!


Priya Ramsingh’s Brown Girl in the Room is a book about first generation Canadians and how that corporate ladder to the top means different things to everyone. The characters in this book have to find a way to succeed against the silence of unspoken racism (the worst kind). undefined
Adrian Michael Kelly’s The Ambassador of What from ECW Press is a collection of haunting stories that you’ll remember for a long time. Each one provokes and engages the reader and will have you asking what you might do in any one of the characters’ situations.
Full disclosure, I have not yet read Kyp Harness’ The Abandoned, but my husband has and he loved it! Partly because it is set close to his hometown, husband says this book was a very up close and personal look at a dysfunctional family and how it can really mess a kid up, but also make them the best people you’d ever want to know….or read. undefined
undefined Jan Rehner’s Almost True is about the bond of friendship. Set in France during WWII, this book is full of mystery and discovery. Discovering who these women are, and how despite their differences, their shared secrets will keep them tied together forever.
Jen Chen’s Super! is a book full of young super heroes, but the main character, Beata, proves that you don’t actually have to have super powers to take down a villain. My son loved this book! undefined
undefined Aparna Kaji Shah’s The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories . For a debut collection, this book will have you in awe of the talent and skill with which each story is crafted. Each and every female narrator is powerful and daring. Have I mentioned how much I love the short story?
Sky Curits’ TRAPS, a third in her Robin MacFarland mystery series. I have to say, Robin MacFarland is the funniest, most honest and curious woman you’ll meet in a book. Along with her BFF and crime reporter friend, Cindy, Robin struggles to solve another murder (or prove there is a murder) while also trying to love herself.undefined
undefined Rebecca Higgins’ beautiful collection of short stories, The Colour of Birds, is a gift for anyone who loves the short story. I feel so blessed to have been able to read some of these stories before they got pressed into this lovely book. Rebecca’s writing is lyrical and her characters are emotional and intelligent.
Catriona Wright’s collection of short stories, Difficult People is full of weirdos and egos and you know what? We all know someone just like any one of these people. Each one of these stories is a fun dive into the world of one misfit or another. If you don’t already love the short story, you will after reading this.undefined
undefined Mary Lou Dickinson’s The White Ribbon Man is a fantastic mystery! A dead body is found in a bathroom stall in a church basement! An incredible setting and who’d kill someone in a church!?
Loren Edizel’s Days of Moonlight was a finalist for the 2019 International Book Award and shortlisted for the Fred Kerner Book Award. Set in Turkey, Crete and Canada, it is a story of unspoken truths, love unfulfilled and how a past can be experienced through the written word.undefined
undefined There are no happy endings in John Miller’s Wild and Beautiful is the Night. Focusing on two sex workers, both addicts, we follow them as they struggle to navigate the dangers of the street and the joys in close friendships.
It was such a pleasure to meet SK Dyment’s and hear them read from Steel Animals. This book is full of punk rock eccentrics, motorcycles and a dose of queer magic realism. You will not meet a cooler bunch of folks in any other book this year!undefined
undefined Tim Conley’s Collapsible was a very fun read. I picked it up and put it down a lot because I got so much joy from so many of the stories, I spaced it out between a couple of other heavier novels. Get this for the smart, funny short story lover in your life.
Alex Boyd’s Army of the Brace and Accidental is one of those books that got us talking. A retelling of The Odyssey, it got me wondering how had I read Homer as a young person. It might make you want to go back and re-read those epic poems! undefined
undefined Pratap Reddy’s Ramya’s Treasure is an immigrant story that takes you on a journey of self-discovery. The narrator is so honest and engaging. It made me questions who I might be given the same circumstances.
Victoria Hetherington’s Mooncalves was fascinating and gripping. I love a good story about cults and doomsdayers, but this takes you on that journey and pulls you deep! It’s kind of scary to think this is based on real events! undefined
undefined Erika Rummel is the kind of writer I aspire to be! The Painting on Auerperger’s Wall is a book that is both mystery and history lesson and a story that challenges you to think of truth in a different way. When everyone’s living with their own version of it, how do you know what’s real or fake?
Lisa de Nikolits is pure joy in person and on the page. Her writing is funny, engaging and so well-paced you’ll marvel at how quickly you get sucked in. Rotten Peaches has some of the funniest characters I have ever read. It’s a noir novel and not going to lie, anybody on your list will love it. undefined
Cracker Jacks for Misfits , by Christine Ottoni, is a collection of short stories near and dear to me. I met Naomi, Marce, Jake and Joanne in workshop, long before they truly came to life in this super fun collection of stories. Get this book for a twenty-something in your life, then buy a copy and leave it on your dad’s bedside table. They’ll both thank you!
Melissa Bull’s The Knockoff Eclipse is all I want my own writing to be. All of these stories get away with some challenging endings. If you’re looking for a happily ever after kind of delivery, stick with Grimm, you won’t find any in this incredible collection. undefined
undefined Anthony De Sa‘s readings are so engaging and fun, I am always left just desperate to get home and read his books. Children of the Moon is a novel that explores De Sa’s own family’s experiences with war through the eyes of three very different characters. As the mum of a kid with a facial difference, I am always in search of a great book that provokes readers to think of the experiences of the outsiders in the world. Get this one!

We had a few great short story writers who joined us in June. Watch out for the upcoming and already published writing of Adam Giles, Victoria Alvarez and Jarrett Mazza.

Join us on January 26 at the Anansi Book Shop for the first readings of 2020! Sally Cooper, Maria Meindl, David Albertyn and Dean Serravalle will join us for 5:00pm readings. More news will be posted here soon!!

A staged reading of The Defence: an award-winning play from Damian Tarnopolsky!

We are super thrilled to kick off Junction Reads limited season, with a staged reading of Damian Tarnopolsky’s play, The Defence.

On Friday November 29, we will gather at The Village Playhouse in the heart of Bloor West Village. There will be refreshments and snacks and a few very talented actors will bring Damian’s Voaden Award-winning play to life.

There is no information available on the Village Playhouse website regarding accessibility. From my experience, there are no options for access. We apologize for the inconvenience and please know, we recognize the desperate need for this to change.

Show starts at 7:00pm sharp, so come early mingle and munch and enjoy a cuppa something warm.

The play will be performed with soft lighting. We are happy to provide an ASL interpreter, but we ask you please contact Alison with your RSVP first at junctionwrites@gmail.com

Better news than the best news! Junction Reads goes to Anansi!

I am so grateful to Baka Gallery Cafe for offering a space to Junction Reads in 2020, but the accessibility issue weighed heavily on me. Junction Reads wants to be open and welcoming to all, and so we feel truly blessed that House of Anansi has agreed to let us into their space.

So on January 26 and February 23, we have already lined up some talented authors and even better news is Anansi is going to try and stock their books!

In January, we will welcome Sally Cooper, Dean Serravalle, David Albertyn and Maria Meindl. In February, we will be joined by Louise Ells, Laure Baudot, Keith Ross Leckie and Carolyn Bennett.

Join us at 5:00pm at the Anansi Bookshop

128 Sterling Road
Toronto, Canada

Accessibility Information: 

From their website: The front door to the Anansi Bookshop is at 128 Sterling Road, with access down two steps from the sidewalk. There is an accessible entrance to our office and bookshop through the front door of 128A Sterling Road, the adjoining building, which is west of us through the parking lot, on the other side of Henderson’s Brewery. If you will use the accessible entrance please contact us at 416 363-4343 x 0 and we will meet you to show you the way in.

2019-2020 Season!

I have been working hard on finding a venue to host our readers and I may have some good news, so stay tuned for upcoming dates!

It’s hard for me to ask for money, but I will anyway. I set up a Patreon account with great hope of getting some patrons to support Junction Reads on an ongoing basis. It’s hard, I know, given most supporters of writers are readers and writers who don’t have big bucks to spare. But if you or someone you know might consider supporting the series, I’d be forever grateful!

Before the end of last season, we had already booked about ten authors! Finding a space is my number one priority!

If you’d like to add your name to our roster, get in touch today.

Season Finale: June 23

June 23, 2019. Junction Reads: Famous Last Words. 392 Pacific Ave. From 5:15pm.

We’ve got something for everyone in our final readings of the season. M.J. Cates, Anthony Desa, Melissa Bull, Victoria Alvarez and Jarrett Mazza join us for readings that can best be described as, There’s something for everyone.

Our Book Raffle is full of fantastic books by queer writers; a signed copy of Marissa Stapley’s new novel and a few from our author/readers. So bring cash!

Melissa Bull is a writer and editor, as well as a French-to-English translator of fiction, essays, and plays. She is the editor of Maisonneuve magazine’s “Writing from Quebec” column and has published her poetry, essays, articles, and interviews in a variety of publications including EventLemon HoundsubTerrainPrism, and Matrix. Her collection of poetry, Rue, was published in 2015, and her collection of short stories, The Knockoff Eclipse, was published in 2018. Her translation of Nelly Arcan’s Burqa de chair was published by Anvil Press in 2014, and her translation of Marie-Sissi Labrèche’s novel, Borderline, is forthcoming. Melissa lives in Montreal.

Jarrett Mazza is a graduate of Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program in Plainfield, Vermont. Before completing his terminal degree, Jarrett studied writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and completed the Novel Writing class at Sheridan College under award-winning writer, Melodie Campbell. He has received extensive training in fiction in all mediums, including screenwriting, comic book writing, poetry, academic writing, and craft. He has also taught in a Writer’s Craft classroom at his former high school, and at Mohawk College in the Continuing Education department, has had stories published online in the GNU Journal, Bewildering Stories, Trembling With FearAphelion, Silver Empire Publishing, which was a best-seller on Amazon, The Scarlet Leaf Review, and Toronto Prose Mill. He currently writes for the website Sequart that specializes in academic writings on comic books, fandom, and films. He is also working on a comic book pitch, writes over two-thousand words each day, reads one book each week, and constantly submits to journals, contests, and other publications. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Victoria Alvarez was born in Toronto, Canada. Having grown up in a Spanish and Colombian household, she quickly became well-acquainted with hybridity at an early age. Throughout her life, she has been fascinated by stories and voices, English or Spanish, and their expression in a world deeply uncomfortable with liminal spaces. Her writing focuses on ‘in-between’ states, liminality, intergenerational transfer, and the role stories play within all our lives. Victoria just completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She will continue to reaffirm the short story because, as a form, it is reflective of her own motto in life: less is always more… more or less. 

Anthony De Sa grew up in Toronto’s Portuguese community. His short fiction has been published in several North American literary magazines. Anthony’s first book, Barnacle Love, was critically acclaimed and became a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2009 Toronto Book Award. Anthony’s novel, Kicking the Sky, was set in 1977, the year a twelve-year-old shoeshine boy named Emanuel Jaques was brutally raped and murdered in Toronto.  Children of the Moon is his latest novel.
Anthony graduated from University of Toronto and did his post-graduate work at Queen’s University. He attended The Humber School for Writers and Ryerson University. He is currently a teacher-librarian living in Toronto with his wife and three boys.

MJ Cates was born in Canada, studied psychology and literature at the University of Toronto, and has lived at various times in South Kensington, North London, and Ottawa, writing many novels and winning several awards under another name. MJ is married and lives in Toronto. MJ Cates is a pseudonym for a well-published Canadian author. George Meanwell, actor, singer will be reading from INTO THAT FIRE.

May!! It’s May!!

On May 26, we will gather at Famous Last Words at 392 Pacific Ave.. The sun will be shining (at least that’s what the forecast says now) and I’m thinking, we can share our summer reading lists. What do you think? Sitting down by the lake, on a park bench or on that little balcony, what will you be diving into this summer? We can certainly recommend a few titles!

From 5:15pm we will hear readings from Victoria Hetherington with Mooncalves , Erika Rummel  with The Painting on Auerperger’s Wall, Lisa de Nikolits with  Rotten Peaches and Christine Ottoni with Cracker Jacks for Misfits!

Victoria Hetherington will read from Mooncalves from Now or Never Publishing. Her debut novel, it weaves “a tale of buried crime in rural Quebec with a post-Singularity future, Mooncalves explores the unshakable hold of first love, the warped influence of unchecked ambition and sexual obsession, and the uncomfortable gaze of the accumulating dead – especially of those who walk the earth among us.”

Adam Giles’s short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including The Humber Literary Review, Sonora Review, Riddle Fence, and The Danforth Review. His stories have been nominated for the National Magazine Awards and the Best of the Net Anthology. His story “Corduroy” won the University of Toronto Magazine Short Story Contest in 2013. He will read from his story “Nothing to See Here,” which appears in the current issue of The Feathertale Review!

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Lisa de Nikolits returns to Junction Reads with her new novel, Rotten Peaches from Inanna Publications.. “It is a gripping epic filled with disturbing and unforgettable insights into the human condition. Love, lust, race and greed. How far will you go? Two women. Two men. One happy ending. It takes place in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Nature or nurture. South Africa, racism and old prejudices — these are hardly old topics but what happens when biological half-siblings meet with insidious intentions? Can their moral corruption be blamed on genetics — were they born rotten to begin with? And what happens when they meet up with more of their ilk? What further havoc can be wreaked, with devastating familial consequences?”

Christine Ottoni also returns to JR with her debut book from Exile Editions, Cracker Jacks and Misfits brings together four people, Naomi, Joanne, Marce, and Jake who navigate the world both closed and open to the possibilities of love, pain and happiness. “It’s a deeply human book… It’s about lonely people and why they’re lonely. It’s about how much a mother and daughter can love each other and how much that love can hurt.”

April Snow brings Great Readings!

I lied last month when I said our March 31 readings were going to bring some fresh spring air, so if at first you don’t succeed…

On April 28, we welcome FOUR diverse voices. (I have a feeling there will be talk of James Joyce!) to Famous Last Words at 392 Pacific Ave.

Doors open at 5:00pm, but we get started between 5:15pm and 5:30pm.

SK Dyment brings us Steel Animals from Inanna Publications. where “Hilarity and queer magic realism twist the throttle when Jackie, a loner with a secret bank-robbing persona, meets Vespa: sexy, sculpture-welding artist and collector of vintage motorbike s.”

“SK Dyment is a writer and visual artist with a love of political cartooning. SK likes take to the stage at open mic events to perform poetry, short prose and stand-up work and they have written several plays which were produced at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. Their illustrations were most recently published in Ursula Pflug’s flash fiction novel, Motion Sickness, which was longlisted for the ReLit Award. Their humour and cartooning work has appeared in a number of magazines including, Peace Magazine, This Magazine, Open Road Magazine, Healthsharing, Herizons, Kinesis, The Activist Magazine, Kick It Over Magazine, and FireweedSteel Animalsis their debut novel.” From http://www.inanna.ca

Pratap Reddy with Ramya’s Treasure from Guernica Editions. “a story about Ramya, an immigrant from India, is nearing her 50th birthday. But there’s no cause to cheer. Recently separated, and laid off from work as well, she feels lonely, alienated, and despondent. Then one day she chances upon a sandalwood box containing her cherished childhood treasures…”

“Pratap Reddy moved to Canada in 2002. An underwriter by day and writer by night (or to be precise – wee hours of the morning), he writes about the agonies and the angst (on occasion their ecstasies) for new immigrants from India. He is an alumnus of ‘Humber School for Writers’. He is the recipient of ‘Best Emerging Literary Artist’ from the Mississauga Arts Council, and grants from the Ontario Arts Council. He had been selected for both ‘Short Form’ and ‘Long Form’ mentorship program of ‘Diaspora Dialogues’. Guernica Editions published his collection Weather Premitting & Other Stories’ in 2016, and his novel Rmaya’s Treasure in 2018. He lives in Missisauga with his wife and son.”

Alex Boyd with Army of the Brave and Accidental from Nightwood Editions. “a story about relationships, parenthood, and trying to have an impact on the world told from the shifting perspectives of ten characters.”

“Alex Boyd has written for publications such asThe Globe and Mail and Taddle Creek magazineHe helped establish Best Canadian Essays, co-editing the first two collections of work selected from Canadian magazines.  His poetry collections are Making Bones Walk (2007) winner of the Gerald Lampert Award, and more recently The Least Important Man (2012).In 2018 his first novel was published:Army of the Brave and Accidental, described by Canadian Notes & Queries as “timely, original and profound.””

Tim Conley with Collapsible from New Star Books. “Steeped in Beckett, Borges and Nabokov, Conley’s multiple universes allow for werewolves that excite ridicule not fear, and where birthdays are an occasion for forgetting not remembering.”

“Tim Conley is the author of several books of fiction, poetry, and criticism, including Dance Moves of the Near Future (New Star Books, 2015) and Unless Acted Upon (Mansfield Press, 2019). He teaches modernist and contemporary literature at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.”




March 31: Readings for National Reading Month!

Some people pick up a book and flip to the last page because knowing how it ends makes the beginning and middle more enjoyable. While others hold off reading that last page, sometimes putting it away for weeks, to delay the joy of a great ending!

I think we can all agree, if March were a book, we’d all be racing to the end! Imagine if you will, March 31 at Junction Reads, is the last page.

On the last day of a month dedicated to readers, we bring you Loren Edizel, Mary Lou Dickinson, John Miller and Catriona Wright.

Mary Lou Dickinson brings us White Ribbon Man from Inanna Publications.

“The White Ribbon Man is a murder mystery set in Toronto. A woman’s body is found in the basement toilet of a downtown Toronto church. It is an Anglican church that welcomes homeless people for coffee and soup and has a congregation composed largely of social activists. The discovery challenges a community that sees itself as a compassionate one and causes people who once were comfortable with each other to become suspicious instead. During the investigation we get to know something about the minister whose sleepwalking makes him suspect, a librarian who answered the classified ad in the Globe and Mail placed by another suspect; one of the wardens who is an activist against violence against women, a member of the congregation who was the neighbour and friend of the murdered woman, and the detective in charge of the investigation. The gentle handling of all of these characters and their issues allows the reader to see humanity and vulnerability of each one and the way in which as a community they support one another.”

Loren Edizel brings us Days of Moonlight from Inanna Publications.

“Upon receiving a letter and a package of journals from a dying Mehtap, her mother Nuray’s close friend in Turkey, a young Toronto woman immerses herself in the old woman’s memories. She uncovers Mehtap’s story as a factory worker in the 1960s who is infatuated with her boss, a man she willingly lies for, and even wrap presents for that he gives to his mistress and his wife. When her friend, Nuray, moves in with her, something unexpected happens and Mehtap is forced to choose between her two loves. Mehtap’s story is interwoven with that of her parents, Cretan refugees who landed in Izmir in the mid-twenties as a result of the disastrous population exchange, only to discover an inescapable and tragic truth that shatters their lives. As Mehtap’s writings unfurl, Nuray’s daughter — Mehtap’s namesake — now the keeper of the journals, notebooks and letters written by her mother’s friend, also uncovers her own mother’s deeply-held secrets, furtive yearnings, and forbidden love.”

John Miller  brings us Wild and Beautiful is the Night from Cormorant Books.

“Paulette and Danni grew up miles apart — Paulette in Hamilton and Danni in North Toronto — but they might as well have been worlds apart. Paulette’s family emigrated from Jamaica. Danni grew up Jewish in an affluent neighbourhood of Toronto. Now both women find themselves on the streets of Toronto, working in the sex trade. Paulette is a seasoned prostitute, working to support herself and her addiction. She acts as an unlikely and reluctant mentor and friend to Danni, who is new to the street and whose addiction has set her on a similar path to Paulette. Their paths intersect again and again over the course of a difficult and troubled friendship that sees Paulette begin to pull herself together while Danni manages to survive everything that comes her way. Will her luck run out? Has Paulette learned to make her own luck?”

Catriona Wright brings to us, her short story collection, Difficult People from Harbour Publishing.

“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 the collection of stories, Difficult People. As these characters fumble through their quests for freediving fame, stand-up glory, romantic love, stable employment or anyone who can tolerate them, they reveal that we are all, in our own ways, difficult people.”

 

 

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