Recent news of Geist writers and artists, gathered from here and there. Anything else we ought to know about? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reviewer at Front & Centre wrote that the stories in Salvatore Difalco’s The Mountie at Niagara Falls (Anvil) “stand poised, waiting for a small effort on our part, to burst into majesty or misery or both. And though layered with meaning and crammed with humour and menace, they slip off their pages as though they’ve been waiting just for you.” According to Alex Manley of The Link, “the book is something like the younger, wackier, stupider cousin of Jonathan Goldstein’s wonderful Lenny Bruce Is Dead.”
Quill & Quire, on Chimo by David Collier (Conundrum), wrote: “Collier’s eye for the seemingly trivial is his biggest achievement as an artist . . . By capturing moments like these, Collier successfully imparts to readers his sense of wonder at the world around him.” A reviewer at Broken Pencil wrote: “Chimo succeeds . . . with its tale of a contemporary Canadian life well worth the telling.” And Comics Comics exclaimed that “Collier has the rare ability to take the reader inside his own mind, to show the world through his eyes.”
According to The Hipster Book Club, The Chairs Are Where the People Go, by Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti (Faber & Faber), “is just part of a HUGE circle jerk.” Meanwhile, Quill & Quire wrote: “it’s a fun read that will make readers think about the random things we skim over in everyday life.”
On Lynn Coady’s The Antagonist (Anansi), the blog The Unexpected Twists and Turns wrote: “kudos to Lynn Coady for taking a risk on a male protagonist and getting the voice pitch perfect.” Quill and Quire wrote: “she has a hearty wit and a piercing understanding of human nature. The Canada she portrays, a world of struggling oddballs who find the social system stacked against them, is a real place rarely visited by our too-complacent and bourgeois fiction writers.”