From its first edition in 1989, this celebrated annual fiction anthology has consistently introduced readers to the next generation of great Canadian writers. With settings ranging from Thailand and war-torn Vietnam to a tiki bar in the Prairies, the thirteen stories in this collection represent the year's best short fiction by some of our most exciting emerging writers.
A friendship between two older women frays at the seams during a trip to Barcelona. After the sudden death of her grandmother, a student from Uganda finds solace in a chance encounter. Confused parents can only watch as their son's precocious understanding of the path to enlightenment leads him further into the unknown. The complexities of love reveal themselves as a family gathers by their mother's deathbed to say goodbye. As she waits to confront a student who has cheated on an assignment, a philosophy professor must contend with surprising photos posted on Facebook. A man begins a relationship with a scientist who wears a mechanical bear suit. While her community mourns in the aftermath of a tragedy, a woman must face her own complicity in what happened to her best friend. After she makes an instant connection with a man during a day trip to the Smithsonian, a writing student's struggle to find her own voice takes on greater urgency when he visits her at home. When a family reunion at a lakeside cottage is interrupted by the search for a drowned man's body, long-submerged desires and resentments gradually surface. Two sex addicts fall into a complicated sort of love.
SHARON BALA lives in St. John's where she is a member of The Port Authority writing group. Her short story "Butter Tea at Starbucks" won the prestigious Writers' Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize in 2017. Her debut novel, The Boat People, has been longlisted for CBC's 2018 Canada Reads competition. Please visit SharonBala.com.
KERRY CLARE is a National Magazine Award-nominated writer, editor of The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood, and author of the novel Mitzi Bytes. She's editor of the Canadian books website 49thShelf.com, and has been writing about books and reading on her blog, Pickle Me This, for more than a decade.
ZOEY LEIGH PETERSON was born in England, grew up in the United States, and has spent most of her adult life in Canada. Her fiction has appeared in The Walrus, EVENT, Grain, PRISM international and has been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. She is the recipient of the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction and the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. Her debut novel, Next Year, For Sure, was longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.