A retired academic is called to a remote university to speak as the replacement for an old friend recently deceased in unusual circumstances. The Stand-In is a transcript of these lectures, revealing a sophisticated tale of art, fame, and adultery that unfolds through rambling anecdotes and flashes of scholarly grandstanding. Fiercely funny and bitterly ironic, The Stand-In is a "triumph of comic exposition." (Toronto Star)
David Helwig is a prolific author, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and former poet laureate of Prince Edward Island.