Now in its 47th year, Best Canadian Stories has long championed the short story form and highlighted the work of many of the writers, throughout their respective careers, who have gone on to shape the Canadian literary canon. Caroline Adderson, Margaret Atwood, Clark Blaise, Lynn Coady, Mavis Gallant, Zsuzsi Gartner, Douglas Glover, Steven Heighton, Isabel Huggan, Mark Anthony Jarman, Norman Levine, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Leon Rooke, Diane Schoemperlen, Russell Smith, Linda Svendsen, Kathleen Winter, and many others have appeared in its pages over the years and decades, making Best Canadian Stories the go-to source for what's new in Canadian fiction writing for close to five decades.
The short story is perhaps Canada's greatest contribution to literature, and in this edition established practitioners of the formincluding Tamas Dobozy, Cynthia Flood, K.D. Miller, and Lisa Mooreare joined by powerful emerging talentslike Paige Cooper and CBC Short Story Prize winner David Huebertin a continuation of not only a series, but a legacy in Canadian letters.
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About the Author
John Metcalf was Senior Editor at the Porcupine's Quill until 2005, and is now Fiction Editor at Biblioasis. A scintillating writer and an almost magisterial editor and anthologist, he is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories , Adult Entertainment , Going Down Slow , Kicking Against the Pricks , and most recently The Museum at the End of the World. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Myrna.
Table of Contents
Introduction John Metcalf 7
Old Growth Lisa Alward 23
Cherry Sun Frankie Barnet 35
Beasts Grant Buday 43
Funny Hat Jowita Bydlowska 59
Ryan & Irene, Irene & Ryan Paige Cooper 67
No. 10 Tamas Dobozy 87
Calm Cynthia Flood 113
Suture David Huebert 119
The Last Trumpet K.D. Miller 149
The Shoe Emporium Lisa Moore 169
Shimmer Alex Pugslby 189
Currents Beverley Shaw 205
Next of Kin Anne Marie Todkill 221
Miss Charlotte Martin West 257
Clean Martha Wilson 271