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Heidegger Stairwell

by (author) Kayt Burgess

Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2012
Literary, Gay
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Shortlisted for a ReLit Award


Music journalist Evan Strocker has almost finished a book about his time with Heidegger Stairwell, an indie-rock legend from small-town Ontario whose members he has known his whole life. But the band thinks he's left a little too much of himself on the page--letting his experiences as a transgender man and his complicated "romance" with the lead guitarist eclipse the story of the group's dramatic rise and fall. Through notes and marginalia, the musicians argue over their friend's version of the truth and fight to put their own testimony on the record. And, as Strocker's manuscript finally comes together, both band and writer are forced to face a shocking new event that will change their fortunes once again.


Heidegger Stairwell is the winner of the 34th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest--a notorious literary marathon held every Labour Day weekend that pushes writers to produce risky, original, and fast-paced narratives within highly demanding constraints.

For more information on the 3-Day Novel Contest, see


About the author

Kayt Burgess's debut novel Heidegger Stairwell (2012) won the International 3 Day Novel Contest and a finalist for the 2013 ReLit Award for Fiction. She is also a scriptwriter on the best-selling augmented reality app Zombies, Run! and writes stories, poems, plays, and produces work in experimental digital storytelling. She received her Ph.D. from Bath Spa University in 2017. Kayt was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario and lives in Elliot Lake.

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  • Short-listed, ReLit Award

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