Donald Ward's stories in The Weeping Chair are confidently layered with unexpected situations and characters whose faith in themselves provides the strength to confront whatever weird or challenging experience befalls them.
While Ward's style is steeped in the traditional storytelling structures of Flannery O'Connor and P.G. Wodehouse, his highly imaginative settings and eccentric character profiles push the stories' energies into contemporary spheres of literary entertainment.
His thematic pursuits usually deal with the human willingness to carry on in the face of an often hostile and baffling universe, where nothing is as it first appears and that is clearly evident in this collection.
The Weeping Chair employs ideas that are both impossible and unexpected to serve as platforms for the edgy humour always lurking in the human condition and beyond: a race of superior chickens investigate their earthly origins, a badger shares his fears with a monk, a nasty grandmother's false teeth take on symbolic power, and a female dwarf from the 17th century pursues an octogenarian at Starbucks - all serve as prime examples.
With Ward's stories you can always expect the unexpected and be assured that his intentions are not frivolous.
Donald Ward sold his first story to CBC when he was nineteen-years-old and he has been writing professionally for the last forty years.
His fiction is both thoughtful and humourous and always accessible no matter how fantastic his grounding premise may be.
In 2004 his short fiction collection Nobody Goes to Earth Any More, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Book of the Year, and his story 'Badger' won the 2009 CBC Literary Award.
Ward is also an editor and book designer. Two books he has worked on have been awarded distinction at the Saskatchewan Book Awards - including Waiting for the Light (Fifth House) which won the Publisher's Prize in 1995.
He has written, co-written, ghost-written, edited, and/or designed more than 120 volumes of nonfiction and fiction in the past 30 years.
Ward lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.