What is your latest release and what genre is it? Our Lady Of Steerage. It is a novel, literary fiction.
Quick description: It is the story of the friendship between two women, Mariasse and Dora, who are a generation apart in age. It covers a period of 4 decades (1923-1962) in Montreal.
I was born and raised in Montreal, lived and worked in Toronto for 17 years, and moved to Prince Edward Island in 2001, where I write full time. My first book, the story collection Fatted Calf Blues, won a PEI Book Award, was short listed for a ReLit Award and was a Top 5 Finalist for the CBC Cross-Country Bookshelf (Maritime Division).
What are you working on now?
I’m juggling three different writing projects: my first full-length poetry collection, Red Planet Postcards, the second draft of a new novel, The Crack In Everything, and a collection of connected short stories, Visions Of Gehenna.
Steven’s reading recommendation:
Sad Peninsula by Mark Sampson is a novel that tells the parallel stories of a Korean girl, who in World War II was abducted by the Japanese to be a “comfort girl”, and a failed Canadian journalist, who goes to Korea in the 1990s to teach ESL. Meticulously researched, the story merges the two narratives in subtle and surprising ways.