Thursday, April 7, 2011

"There’s a good reason the cover image is of a broken plate.”*

According to Chatelaine, short story writer Sarah Selecky could easily be the next Alice Munro. That’s a formidable statement, but equally formidable is Selecky’s Giller-shortlisted nomination for her debut collection of short fiction, This Cake is For
the Party

"The cover of Sarah Selecky’s debut fiction collection is striking in its insistence upon ruin, lack and nostalgia: A jaggedly reassembled smashed plate is home to a cluster of crumbs, a consumption-smeared fork and the counter-insistent title declaration, This Cake is for the Party. [...]Selecky sinks her teeth into something far more powerful than the violence of loss: She skillfully wrests devastation from its customary gloom of lamentation and regret, and bares its overwhelming beauty."
— Lisa Foad, The Globe and Mail

You'll find This Cake is For the Party and tickets to the Festival at Roxanne's Reflections Book & Card Shop.

And you can meet Sarah Selecky (along with Johanna Skibsrud, Richard Greene, Alison Pick, Cynthia Holz and Nicholas Ruddock) at the Festival on Sunday, May 29, 2011.
*The Star

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