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Catch it now! Collapsible by Tim Conley

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New Star Books is excit­ed to pub­lish a new fic­tion col­lec­tion from St. Catharines writer Tim Con­ley.

Col­lapsi­ble, a book whose title, the author explains, is part­ly an aes­thet­ic state­ment, as it points to “a cer­tain ten­den­cy that might be not­ed in the writ­ing itself.” But Con­ley is quick to point out that “so many things in our world are col­lapsi­ble: tele­scopes, hats, umbrel­las, human rela­tion­ships, civ­i­liza­tions, and maybe even, accord­ing to some sci­en­tists, the uni­verse itself.”

Col­lapsi­ble oper­ates like a con­cept album. The par­al­lels to a fic­tion col­lec­tion and a long play­ing album are not that hard to see.

The pro­vi­sion­al qual­i­ty of short fic­tion res­onates, I think, with our own sense of imper­ma­nence,” Con­ley explains.  Going from one sound to anoth­er, some longer than oth­ers, some are sad, melod­ic, and some more heady than oth­ers. “Short fic­tion intrigues me as a form,” Con­ley says, adding, “it is so eas­i­ly under­es­ti­mat­ed just now. I am com­pelled to keep explor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of this form, because there are so many.”

Toron­to author Spencer Gor­don says Conley’s writ­ing “will inspire you to read and write and think with more audac­i­ty.”

Con­ley will be launch­ing Col­lapsi­ble on March 29th at the Nia­gara Artists Cen­tre at 7pm. Con­ley will be also be releas­ing Unless Act­ed Upon , a new poet­ry col­lec­tion this sea­son, pub­lished by Toronto’s Mans­field Press.

Con­ley teach­es Eng­lish at Brock Uni­ver­si­ty, and has pub­lished wide­ly on Joyce, Nabokov, and oth­er aspects of twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry lit­er­a­ture.