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Kamal Al-Solaylee’s Intolerable explores a lost world

Kamal Al-Solaylee’s memoir¬†Intolerable¬†affected me deeply. In engaging, clear-eyed prose, he traces a deeply personal story of coming out, coming of age, and coming to terms with the contradictory tensions of identity–all set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Middle East. Read more

“When We Die” forthcoming in Descant

Story tackles gay history during Nazi era

I found out recently that my story “When We Die” will be published in Descant magazine’s upcoming special issue on Berlin. “When We Die” is one of several stories I wrote while living in Berlin last spring during a fairly intense creative period. It’s one of the longer stories I’ve written, coming in at just under 8000 words, and weaves together the narratives of a Canadian in Berlin, his partner (a historian researching Nazi atrocities against gay men before and during the Holocaust), and a mysterious German researcher. Read more

Coconut Dreams: CBC Short Story longlist

The CBC announced the longlist yesterday for this year’s CBC Short Story Prize. I was thrilled to find my story “Coconut Dreams” on the list. Read more

Revisiting Toronto the Good: An interview with Anthony De Sa

How does the murder of a young boy change a city’s identity? And how do those who live through such a crime come to terms with the emotional and physical fallout in their own lives?

These are some of the questions Anthony De Sa explores in his gripping new novel Kicking the Sky.  Read more

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