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Great things happen when you write (and read!) short stories

We’re great fans of the short story at the HSW Literary Agency and proudly represent three of its much-buzzed-about practitioners–Darcie Friesen Hossack, Julia Lin, and Anna Leventhal–who’ve recently received special attention from the literary community and media.

Darcie Friesen Hossack, current nominee for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award, may feel her ears burning on Sunday, September 30th as her short story collection is discussed during Kingston WritersFest‘s Battle of the Books. Mennonites Don’t Dance (Thistledown Press 2010) will be championed by writer Melanie Dugan, who praised the collection to the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. ”Closely-observed and compellingly-written, these narratives are small gems lit with flashes of mordant humour,” Dugan said. “Although [Friesen Hossack] never flinches from exploring [her characters'] foibles and shortcomings, her work is lit with compassion TSAR short stories fall 2012and understanding.” The Battle of the Books will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Bellevue South room of the Kingston Holiday Inn at 2 Princess Street. There is no charge to attend the debate.

It looks like Quill & Quire is as excited as we are about Julia Lin‘s debut, a collection of linked short stories about a Taiwainese family coping with the effects of successive political occupationsAvailable from TSAR Publications this October, Miah is included in Q&Q‘s preview of fall 2012′s big short story collections. Keeping Julia and Miah company on the list? Alice Munro and Emma Donoghue.

short stories Montreal authorRising literary star Anna Leventhal, whose Sweet Affliction is currently on offer, changed gears to host the Montreal launch of People Park, the first novel by established short story author Pasha Malla. As intelligent and sensitive a reader as she is a writer, Anna asked Pasha, according to Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, “how to write about violence, whether writers have a more direct link to ‘the truth’ than non-writers, and what ‘community’ really is (or isn’t), among other things.” Thanks to Drawn & Quarterly for their photo recap of the evening.

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