This January, we are proud to announce that our featured guest curator is Anna Leventhal, whose collection of short stories Sweet Affliction recently won the Quebec Writer’s Federation Concordia University First Book Prize, and has been one of the year’s bestsellers. Of Sweet Affliction, Lee Henderson writes: “These stories stand Canadian literature on its head — amazing characters, totally original and unexpected situations, absolutely hilarious and heartfelt prose — Anna Leventhal is a one-of-a-kind talent.” Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on Anna's shelf, along with her brief thoughts on each book:
Syllabus (Lynda Barry)
"A book about teaching art by a consummate artist and teacher. Lynda Barry's brain is amazing."
Collected Stories (Grace Paley)
"There's no narrative voice to match Paley's. These stories are the attar of life, told by a master."
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
"Dillard taught me how to see, and then how to see differently."
Ghost Pine: All Stories True (Jeff Miller)
"Chronicles of growing up, staying punk, never looking away."
North End Love Songs (Katherena Vermette)
"An ambiguous paean to my hometown and one of its most important, most fraught neighbourhoods, told through the story of the disappearance of the author's brother."
Wendy (Walter Kaheró:ton Scott)
"Scott is basically our Evelyn Waugh; Wendy skewers "the scene" with as much hilarity, agony, and tenderness as Vile Bodies or the Basil Seal stories."
My New York Diary (Julie Doucet)
"Julie Doucet won my heart forever when she dreamed about masturbating with a cookie in an issue of Dirty Plotte. Required reading for neurotic art-punks everywhere."
Not Wanted on the Voyage (Timothy Findley)
"An exquisite retelling of Noah's Ark where magic is real, Lucifer is a genderqueer hero, and patriarchy brings about the end of the world."
Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler)
"Speculative fiction does not mean escapism; it's a way of reimagining the world. At its best, it's revolutionary."
Autobiography of Red (Anne Carson)
"A numinous hybrid of myth and coming-of-age story about a little red guy with a tail."