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The Business of Naming Things

by Michael Coffey

“Riveting . . . vibrant and unsparing.” —Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

“Superb. . . . Startlingly original.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Once I started reading these stories, I couldn’t...

Red Girl Rat Boy

by Cynthia Flood

A Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year

A Globe & Mail Best Short Fiction Title

A National Post Best Short Fiction Title

A January Magazine Best Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the 2014 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize...

The Torturer's Wife

by Thomas Glave

Nominated for the 2010 Stonewall Book Award, the oldest book award given for outstanding achievement in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Literature

A woman is haunted by the atrocities committed by her...

The Most Beautiful Woman in Town

by Charles Bukowski

Mad, immortal stories now surfaced from the literary underground.

This collection of stories was once part of the 1972 City Lights classic, Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness....

Goth Girls of Banff

by John O'Neill

Shortlisted for a 2021 ReLit Award in the short fiction category!

Includes Author-Curated Discussion Questions

John O?Neill?s gothic short stories, set in the Canadian Rockies, are haunted by the violence inherent...

Permanent Tourists

by Genni Gunn

The stories in Permanent Tourists feature displaced characters loosely connected through a support group, all of them dealing with loss precipitated by an elusive father, husband or lover, by a wife's death,...

Go Ahead and Shoot Me!

by Heckbert Doug, Sapers Howard & Doyle Debbie J.

Go Ahead and Shoot Me is a collection of stories written and edited by former probation officer Doug Heckbert about real people who have been convicted of real crimes and who have been on probation, on parole,...

Hunger Moon

by Traci Skuce

Traci Skuce?s Hunger Moon is a collection of stories that echo with the yearning to be replenished, to be made full. Here are characters at cusp-points in their lives, attempting to shift their trajectories:...

When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks

by Austin Clarke

Now available after over four decades, the first collection of short fiction from bestselling author and Barbadian-born Canadian luminary Austin Clarke — winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Commonwealth...

Life & Other Passing Moments

by Victor J. Banis

In this collection of shorter pieces, Victor J. Banis demonstrates once again the astonishing breadth of his talent, covering virtually every facet of the human experience with astonishing brevity and clarity....

You Are Not What We Expected

by Sidura Ludwig

This stunningly intimate collection of stories is an exquisite portrait of a Jewish community the secular and religious families who inhabit it and the tensions that exist there that illuminates the...

Just Pervs

by Jess Taylor

Two sex addicts meet and fall in love. A woman catches her husband cheating on her with their dog and escapes to her sister's horse farm. Four friends—fellow pervs—grow up and drift apart, pining for each...


by Will Self

In this collection of four linked stories, newly reissued by Grove, Will Self takes aim at the disease and decay that target the largest of human organs: the liver. Set in locales as toxic as a London drinking...


by Christy Ann Conlin

From Christy Ann Conlin, the critically acclaimed and award winning author of Heave, comes a breathtaking and unforgettable collection about how the briefest moment can shape us forever.

In these evocative and...


by Michael Melgaard

An honest and unaffected collection of human experiences that deftly tackles themes of grief, loss, missed opportunities, and the pain of letting go.

The stories in Michael Melgaard’s poignant debut collection,...


by Karen Hofmann

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...


by Julie Paul

Shortlisted for the 2020 ReLit Award for Short Fiction

A collection of captivating stories that explore family dynamics and frailty, loss and atonement, faith and redemption.

A young man takes his father to Hawaii,...

This Wicked Tongue

by Elise Levine

An A.V. Club Book to Read for June 2019

In moments of exile and self-exile, exodus and return, Elise Levine?s uncanny narratives lay bare the secret grammar of their characters? psyches. An ill-tempered divinity-school...

Let Me Out Here

by Emily W. Pease

In her debut collection, Emily W. Pease is at work redefining the Southern short story. Let Me Out Here explores the underbellies and strange desires of our neighbors, our loved ones, ourselves. A co-ed takes...

Divided Loyalties

by Nilofar Shidmehr

Acclaimed poet Nilofar Shidmehr’s debut story collection is an unflinching look at the lives of women in post-revolutionary Iran and the contemporary diaspora in Canada.

The stories begin in 1978, the year...