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Celebrating Story: May is International Short Story Month

May is International Short Story Month, and for lovers of the form like us, that’s cause for celebrations!

Celebrations like the standing room-only Toronto launch of one of the smartest collections of the season, Anna Leventhal‘s Sweet Affliction, or like the book’s Winnipeg launch tonight. Or like Julia Lin‘s upcoming Vancouver reading from the sensitive, thought-provoking Miah, a linked collection exploring the lives of the Taiwanese and Taiwanese-Canadians.

Perhaps the best way to celebrate short fiction, though, is by curling up with a collection (or seven). These critically acclaimed books–linked below to respective reviews–show the breadth and depth of Canadian talent when it comes to short fiction:

  1. Sweet Affliction by Anna Leventhal (Invisible Publishing, 2014)
  2. Miah by Julia Lin (TSAR Publications, 2012)
  3. In the Body by Allison Baggio (ECW Press, 2012)
  4. Mennonites Don’t Dance by Darcie Friesen Hossack (Thistledown Press, 2010)
  5. This One’s Going to Last Forever by Nairne Holtz (Insomniac Press, 2009)
  6. One Day It Happens by Mary Lou Dickinson (Inanna Publications, 2007)
  7. Pink Icing by Pamela Mordecai (Insomniac Press, 2006)

Still not sure where to start? The Literary Press Group is offering an exclusive ebook sampler of Canadian short fiction, Full of Lit 2014: An Anthology of Short Stories from the Publishers of the LPG, for only $5.99. Including a short story from Anna Leventhal’s Sweet Affliction, the book is a great introduction to some of the form’s most interesting new voices.

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