Matt Rader won The Malahat Review’s 2014 Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for his story “All This Was a Long Time Ago.” That story, along with a suite of others spanning more than a century among the people of B.C.’s Comox Valley, appears in the collection What I Want to Tell You Goes Like This ($21.95 pa.), out in September from Nightwood Editions. • Winner of the 2010 ReLit Award for his novel The Beautiful Children, author Michael Kenyon returns this fall with a book of poetry and a short-story collection. The latter, called Parallel Rivers (Thistledown Press, $18.95 pa., Oct.), is a group of postmodern stories that explore the intersection of prose fiction and film. • Montreal’s H. Nigel Thomas is back with a third collection of short stories set in the author’s home city and the Caribbean. Cruelty, racial iniquity, and religious zealotry are all subjects touched upon in When the Bottom Falls Out ($20.95 pa.), new from TSAR Publications in September.
Megan Gail Coles’ debut collection comes with the intriguing title Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome ($19.95 pa., Oct.). The collection, which the publicity material says contains writing “reminiscent of Joel [Thomas] Hynes, but with a hint of Donna Morrissey thrown in for good comic measure,” is being released by Creative Book Publishers. • Elise Moser, author of the novel Because I Have Loved and Hidden It and former president of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, has collected the best short fiction from the finalists of the Quebec Writing Competition. Salut King Kong: New English Writing from Quebec ($18 pa.), an anthology from Véhicule Press, is out in October. • Montreal’s Mireille Silcoff has a debut story collection out this August with Anansi’s Astoria imprint. Chez L’Arabe ($18.95 pa.) includes a group of linked stories inspired by the author’s own health struggles.
Toronto resident Bruce McDougall presents a new collection of short stories about people from diverse walks of life struggling with unhappy pasts and the quotidian tragedies of the contemporary world. The Porcupine’s Quill will publish Every Minute Is a Suicide ($22.95 pa.) in October.