Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fall for Canadian Fiction 2013. Part 2: the up-and-comers

Thursday's post focused on new books from Canadian authors you already know, but in many ways I'm always a little more excited about new books from the authors I've yet to discover. There is a flood of great looking Canadian fiction coming out this fall: it was hard to narrow it to the few that we can fit in a post, consider these a launch pad for your further investigations.

Looking for a brand new author? Here are some highly anticipated fiction debuts:

The Dilettantes (M) by Michael Hingston (September 10). Hingston is the books columnist for the Edmonton Journal, so you'll bet he'll be keeping an eye on reviews of his first novel. Fellow Canadian author Patrick De Witt has given this book high praise calling it "A fresh take on the campus novel, Michael Hingston's debut is a droll, incisive dissection of the terrible, terribly exciting years known as post-adolescence."

Shallow Enough to Walk Through (M) by Marissa Reaume (October 15): Windsor, Ontario author Reaume has penned a book that has been described as "reading like John Barth by way of Lena Dunham." I'm intrigued.

Turn Us Again (M) by Charlotte R. Mendel (November 25): Mendel lives in Enfield, Nova Scotia. This book won the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia's H.R. (Bill) Percy Unpublished Novel Prize in 2011.

What about some names you've maybe heard but haven't quite investigated?

Cataract City (M) by Craig Davidson (September 3): Davidson's heretofore best known work is Rust and Bone, a collection of linked stories that were turned into a film of the same name. His latest novel is set in Niagra Falls. Not the tourist destination you likely know but the seedier underside.

Kicking the Sky (M) by Anthony De Sa (September 10): A fictionalized account of the murder of a young shoeshine boy in Toronto in the 1970s and the impact on the Portuguese community that he was a part of. The story is told through the voice of Antonio Rebelo, a character from De Sa's previous book Barnacle Love.

Infidelity (M) by Stacey May Fowles (October 1): Toronto based author of two previous novels weaves the tale of an affair between an unlikely match.

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