Reading: Whistler Writers Festival

Catch me at the Whistler Writers Festival for the Literary Cabaret Watch Party and Celebration Friday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m PDT. I’m one of several writers doing a reading, set to music! The event is online and in person and is a magical night of words and music. I’ll be joining via Zoom, and…

. . . And This is the Cure (2020)

Finalist for the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction 2021 …And This is the Cure follows Allison Winter, public radio pop-culture journalist and former riot grrrrrl as she regains custody of her adolescent daughter, Hanna, following the murder of her ex-husband. She is unprepared to deal with either the demands of parenting or the fury of her ex-husband’s religiously…

You Are Not Needed Now (2017)

Finalist for 2017 Foreword Indie Short Story Collection Award Often set within the small towns of the Canadian prairies, the stories in You Are Not Needed Now dissect and examine the illusion of appearances, the myth of normalcy, and the allure of artifice. Lapointe presents characters who are extraordinarily, awfully real. They are strange, vulgar, ugly, and…

Volé (2016)

Volé (French translation of Stolen, 2016) Translated by Michel Vézina Paresseux et apparemment solitaire, Rowan Friesen est un trafiquant de drogue et un voleur à la petite semaine qui vit dans une banlieue éloignée de Saskatoon, où il revend son butin sur Internet et deale du crystal meth à des collégiens désoeuvrés. À première vue, sa vie semble insignifiante, mais la réalité est plus complexe, Friesen étant victime d’une mère égocentrique, d’un père atteint de maladie mentale et d’une histoire d’amitié aux conséquences incendiaires. Il n’est peut-être pas la personne la plus sympathique au monde, mais son récit est passionnant. Voléest une histoire de vol, d’amour et de folie au coeur des prairies canadiennes et au rythme de mix musicaux déchainés au volant d’un pick-up roulant à fond de train sur les chemins de terrecahoteux. L’hommage pour Volé « Mes incursions dans la littérature de…

Whitetail Shooting Gallery (2012)

Finalist for the McNally Robinson Manitoban Book of the Year Award, 2013 Shortlisted for the ReLit Novel Prize, 2013 Whitetail Shooting Gallery is set in the outer urban, often desolate, landscape of the Saskatchewan prairie. Cousins Jennifer and Jason live close together as small kids, exploring their rural home. They live in adjacent, sometimes overlapping, households. But one…

Stolen (2006)

Giller Prize Nominee Winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards (Best First Book, City of Saskatoon Book Award), 2006 Globe & Mail Top 5 First Fiction 2006 Finalist for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award 2007 Canadian Authors Association Emerging Author Award 2007 Rowan Friesen has made a career of drug-dealing and small-time thievery on the outer edges…