Collapsible is now in bookstores and circulating through the cosmos. The short story form is unambiguously un–dead in this new album of thirty fictions from Tim Conley, coming at the reader in a variety of shapes and guises running the gamut from elliptical micro–fictions to tales of the inexplicable.
Catch Tim Conley thrice in Ontario this month where he’ll be reading with other fiction authors who are launching their latest books as well.
First stop is Kingston, ON, for a group launch at Novel Idea, with Amy Spurway (Crow), Victoria Hetherington (Mooncalves) and Scott Fotheringham, (The Rest is Silent).
The very next evening Tim and friends will check in with the fine folks at The Bookshelf, and finally, in Toronto on Sunday April 29th, Tim will be part of Junction reads — a fiction-only reading series.
What the experts are saying:
“In this witty and dynamic new collection, Tim Conley shows us how reality, the story, and the human are a single marvellously entangled surface. Like a Moebius Strip, with all our surprise endings, paradoxes, mysteries, ambiguities, comedies, ingenuity and invention, we are our stories and our stories are us. In the tradition of Calvino, Lydia Davis, Borges and Kafka, these short fictions explore the strangeness, curiosity, beauty, contradiction, humour and delightful discombobulation of being alive and of being alive to the telling tale.”
— Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates, winner, Stephen Leacock Medal, Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and finalist for the Governor–General’s Literary Award and the Scotiabank Giller prize.
Tim Conley’s Stories Challenge You to Dig Deeper:
“This adventurous spirit is something Conley embraces in Collapsible: some entries in the collection are straightforward and realistic, but many play with your assumptions and perception. Some are surreal forays into fantastical scenarios — on the surface, at least. But Conley excels at blurring the line between the reality of the situation and the wool drawn over our eyes by narrators with skewed worldviews, or ulterior motives.”
If you don’t find Collapsible in your local bookstore, just ask for it by name. This is the 21st century. I’m sure someone will be able to help you order this exciting new fiction collection, regardless of where you are in our vast country.