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ATMOSPHERIC GRASS ON A JOURNEY

round table discussion on the short story with Doretta Lau, Naben Ruthnum, & Rivka Galchen > MAY 12


The National Post’s Mark Medley moderates a roundtable discussion with Rivka Galchen, Doretta Lau and Naben Ruthnum on the short story to celebrate the second annual Short Story Month.

Doretta Lau’s first collection of short stories, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, $19.95), is a light-hearted and contemporary look at the lives of Canadians. The title story was nominated for the Writer’s Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Lau’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PRISM international, RicePaper, SubTerrain and Zen Monster.

American Innovations (HarperCollins Canada, $26.99), a collection of short stories released by Rivka Galchen, reconceptualizes and twists well-known stories by male authors, such as “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “The Aleph,” from the perspectives of female characters. Galchen’s novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Award.

Naben Ruthnum, winner of the Journey Prize in 2013 for his short story “Cinema Rex,” lives and writes in Toronto. He has been previously published in Riddle Fence, Joyland, Qwerty, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and under the pseudonym Nathan Ripley, he recently completed a thriller called Scrapbook. He is currently working on a novel based on the characters in “Cinema Rex.”


ROUNDTABLE ON THE SHORT STORY
moderated by the
 National Post’s Mark Medley
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Tuesday May 29, 2014 > 7pm-9pm