Shawn Syms writes stories that push boundaries–of identity, compassion, of what it means to be alive and human at this particular moment in time. I’m a big fan of his work, in particular the deep respect and humility he offers his characters, allowing space for the many complex edges of their lives to co-exist and intermingle fully, without judgement. Read more
Posts tagged ‘Doretta Lau’
Doretta Lau knows how to be subversive. Her story “How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?” is a smart, witty, and ultimately invigorating re-take on Asian-Canadian pop-culture stereotypes.
I loved the story’s sense of play, its intelligent and engaging narrative arc, and especially the offbeat characters who inhabit the story’s unnamed city. It’s no surprise to me that the story (originally published in Event magazine) was named one of this year’s finalists for the Writer’s Trust in Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and included in the anthology Journey Prize Stories 25. Read more