Walrusmagazine.com celebrates the launch of Thomas Allen Publishers and Cormorant Books new e-book singles program called cStories — complete short Canadian fiction in ePub format for download on a wide array of digital devices, desktop or mobile. Priced competitively at just $1.99 each, cStories eBook Singles can be read anywhere and anytime, immediately upon purchase. It is the first, and so far only, dedicated short fiction e-book singles program in Canada.
This month, The Walrus Blog is serializing short stories from cStories’ collection by authors Sarah Selecky, Aaron Bushkowsky, Russell Wangersky, and Jessica Westhead. Beginning on Monday, June 4, a new section of each story will appear every weekday. We will create links to each instalment on this page.
A woman who plans to conceive ends up in the arms of her husband’s best friend.
Sarah Selecky grew up in Northern Ontario and Southern Indiana. Her stories have been published in The Walrus, Geist, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, and the Journey Prize Anthology. She earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and has been teaching creative writing in her living room for the past ten years. This Cake Is for the Party was shortlisted for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Selecky lives in Toronto.
A grandfather moves his house down a prairie road in the 1950s, only to be stopped by overhead telephone wires.
Aaron Bushkowsky is a poet, playwright, and screenplay writer. His first collection of poetry, ed and mabel go to the moon (1994), was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award. His second collection, Mars is for Poems was published in 2002. He has published two books of drama, Strangers Among Us and The Waterhead and Other Plays, both published by Playwrights Canada Press. Bushkowsky lives in Vancouver, where he teaches playwriting and filmwriting at Langara College, Studio 58, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and the Vancouver Film Centre.
A homeowner witnesses three separate, brutal car crashes on his front lawn, and doesn’t want to admit that a part of him craves the rush each brings.
Russell Wangersky’s most recent book, The Glass Harmonica, won the 2010 Winterset Award. His previous book, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself, won the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Rogers Communications Newfoundland and Labrador Non-Fiction Book Award, and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. It was also a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 selection in 2008. His 2006 short story collection, The Hour of Bad Decisions, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, First Book, Canada and the Caribbean. It was a Globe and Mail Top 100 selection in 2006. Wangersky lives and works in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he is an editor and columnist with the St. John’s Telegram.
The office cat lady reluctantly joins her fellow employees’ crusade to cheer up their dying co-worker.
Jessica Westhead’s short stories have appeared in major literary journals in Canada and the United States. “Unique and Life-Changing Items,” which appears in this collection, was shortlisted for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards. Westhead’s first novel, Pulpy & Midge, was nominated for the ReLit Award. She lives in Toronto.
cStories is made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
cStories acknowledges for their financial support of its publishing program: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Ontario Book Initiative, and the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.