Debris reviewed in The Fiddlehead


Though it has been a year and a half since Debris first saw the light of day, the odd review and bit of interest has still showed up here and there. Most recently, I saw a social media post by critic and IFOA gesticulator Steven Beattie, (who reviewed the collection for The Globe and Mail last year) highlighting a segment from Ian Colford’s excellent review of Debris in the latest issue of The Fiddlehead (Issue 270).

The issue is on newsstands now, and has been sent out to subscribers. It’s not up on their website at the moment, but perhaps it will be at some point (if an online version shows up, I’ll link that in later). I’ve also heard rumblings of an essay in Canadian Notes & Queries about class concerns in Debris and in Andrew Sullivan’s novel Waste, written by The Puritan editor André Forget. That has yet to surface yet, but I’ll post it when I can.

In the meantime, here is a chunk of that Fiddlehead review:


Thanks to Mr. Colford for such a close reading, and for really digging into what the book is really about. I appreciate that, times twelve.

If anyone recalls, one of my outtakes from Debris was actually published in The Fiddlehead back in the Summer 2015 issue. The story was called Thought you were fast, and it long gestated before getting printed there with the likes of such excellent writers as Kathy Page, Cynthia Flood, and one of my favourite writers on the planet, Daniel Woodrell. That was a pretty sweet deal. So, thanks to The Fiddlehead for all of the support over the past couple years, and for still giving a shit about this collection that, by all CanLit rights, should’ve been long put in the rearview. You are alright, Fiddleheaders.

More to come soon… actually, tomorrow. I am gonna be on the radio again, and I’ll post a little about that. But it’s beer o’ clock and I worked at Booktown this evening and am going to just sit here now.

Cheers. KH

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