Latest news and interviews

Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Now Accepting Submissions

Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Now Accepting Submissions

First-time Canadian authors, take note: The sixth annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is now open for submissions!Sponsored by audiobook and ebook retailer Rakuten Kobo, the Prize recognizes exceptional ...

2 hours ago
View all

More News

Upcoming events

Writer in Residence

Erin Frances Fisher’s latest book

That Tiny Life

That Tiny Life

In settings that range from the old American West to pre-revolutionary France, from a present-day dig site in the high tablelands of South America to deep space, That Tiny Life is a wide-ranging and utterly original collection of short fiction and a novella that examines the idea of progress — humanity’s never-ending cycle of creation and destruction.

In the award-winning story, “Valley Floor,” a surgeon performs an amputation in the open desert in the American West. In “Da Capo al Fine,” set in eighteenth-century France, the creator of the fortepiano designs another, more brutal instrument. And in “That Tiny Life,” the reader gets a glimpse into a future in which human resource extraction goes far beyond Earth. Each story is infused with impeccably researched detail that brings obscure and fascinating subject matter into bright relief, be it falconry, ancient funeral rites, or space exploration. The result is an amazing interplay of minute detail against the backdrop of huge themes, such as human expression and impact, our need for connection, the innate violence in nature, and the god-complex present in all acts of human creation.

A highly accomplished, evocative, and wholly impressive work of short fiction, That Tiny Life introduces readers to a writer with limitless range and imagination.