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Mirrored Bodies: Reflecting on Eliza Robertson’s Demi-Gods

Eliza Robertson
Penguin Random House, 2017
Review by Kyle Schoenfeld

Eliza Robertson’s debut novel Demi-Gods is the story of Willa, a girl growing up in British Columbia in the 1950s and ‘60s. In luminous prose, Robertson shows her protagonist’s formation in a world set on teaching her about others’ power to shape her. Willa finds this restrictive power crystallized in Patrick, the son of her mother’s boyfriend and a monstrous presence who slinks into rooms and haunts the summers of the narrator’s childhood. As a parable of the oppressive weight of other people’s desire, Demi-Gods is lush and compelling, however unsettling it may be to read.

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Despite the Odds: a Review of Project Compass

Project Compass
Lizzie Derksen, Matthew Stepanic, Kristina Vyskocil, Robert Strong
Monto Books, 2017

Review by Peter Takach

What do you get when you take four emerging Edmonton writers and give them each a quadrant of their city to explore? In Project Compass, publisher and editor Jason Lee Norman has assembled a crack crew to take readers on an odyssey through a city that, despite producing its fair share of writers, is rarely the explicit setting of their stories. The result is an engaging and emotionally-arresting collection of four concurrent novellas that all unwind on June 21, 2016. Starting from the north, south, east, and west, we follow four Edmontonians as they wander their way through the longest day of the year and reflect on the paths they have taken.

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B.C. writer publishes debut collection

By Will Johnson

When D.W. Wilson first decided he wanted to be a writer, he didn’t plan to write about his hometown. He started out with science fiction and fantasy inspired by J.R.R Tolkien. But partway through university, he decided to take the old adage “write what you know” seriously.

“I remember joking with my professor that I was going to write about the Kootenays because nobody else had, that it was unexplored territory,” says Wilson, who was born and raised in small towns throughout the Interior. “Incidentally, that line has served me well on grant applications.”

Wilson recently released his first collection of short stories, Once You Break a Knuckle. All of the action takes place in Invermere, a town largely untouched by Canadian literature. According to Wilson, his target audience is the people he grew up with. Continue reading INTERVIEW: WILL JOHNSON TALKS TO PRISM WRITER D.W. WILSON