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Echolocation

by Karen Hofmann

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published: May 2019
ISBN:9781988732565
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Shortlisted for Best Cover Design at the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

In this provocative collection of short stories, Karen Hofmann creates characters who struggle to connect or disconnect from entanglements and relationships. With ironic accuracy and sensuous imagery, Hofmann considers a range of human foibles: a newlywed couple who transform into feral beasts during the hardships of a remote research expedition; backbiting faculty members who strip down during a post-conference BBQ; an heretical nun who explores the possibility of a new life by imaginatively excavating the fossils of BC's Burgess Shale; and an ambitious bylaw officer determined to make her mark on the city's streets.

In Echolocation, Karen Hofmann has found new ways to sound the depths of the human heart.

About the Author

Karen Hofmann grew up in the Okanagan Valley and is an associate professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. A first collection of poetry, Water Strider, was published by Frontenac House in 2008 and shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay prize. Her first novel, After Alice, was published by NeWest Press in 2014, and a second novel, What is Going to Happen Next, in 2017. A short fiction collection, Echolocation, was released by NeWest in April 2019. Karen Hofmann writes about rural British Columbia and especially the B.C. Interior. Her poems have been shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes, and she has won the Okanagan Short Fiction contest three times. She writes about place and landscape, and is interested in the ways in which individuals and social groups respond and adapt to change.

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Awards
  • Winner, Best Cover Design at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards!
  • Commended, Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada - Prose Category
Editorial Review

Praise for Echolocation:
"Echolocation is a magical and surreal examination of humanity at the edges of experience."
~ Kristian Wilson, Bustle
"...lived up to our high expectations."
~ Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf
"Part Darwinian, part Ovidian, these are waltzing and desirous tales of transformation, thrumming with verdant light reaching through forest canopies. Hofmann's characters are strange creatures bumping against one another in the shadows, with cracking voices seeking to connect. And then, when you least expect it, mad leaps from the dark into the light."
~ R.W. Gray, author of Entropic and Crisp

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