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LPG Loan Stars Catalogue: Spring 2019

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Echolocation
By (author): Karen Hofmann
9781988732565 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Short Stories British Columbia May 01, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in | 0 lb 256 pages NeWest Press
 
Best Cover Design at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards! 2020, Winner Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada - Prose Category 2019, Commended

Shortlisted for Best Cover Design at the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

In this provocative collection of short stories, Karen Hofmann creates characters who struggle to connect or disconnect from entanglements and relationships. With ironic accuracy and sensuous imagery, Hofmann considers a range of human foibles: a newlywed couple who transform into feral beasts during the hardships of a remote research expedition; backbiting faculty members who strip down during a post-conference BBQ; an heretical nun who explores the possibility of a new life by imaginatively excavating the fossils of BC's Burgess Shale; and an ambitious bylaw officer determined to make her mark on the city's streets.

In Echolocation, Karen Hofmann has found new ways to sound the depths of the human heart.

Karen Hofmann grew up in the Okanagan Valley and is an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. A first collection of poetry, Water Strider, was published by Frontenac House in 2008 and shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Her first novel, After Alice, was published by NeWest Press in 2014, and a second novel, What is Going to Happen Next, in 2017. Her short fiction has won the Okanagan Fiction Contest three times, and "The Burgess Shale" was shortlisted at the 2012 CBC Short Fiction Contest. Karen Hofmann is an avid walker, and her writing explores the landscapes, both rural and urban, of British Columbia as well as the personalities and social dynamics of the inhabitants.

Praise for Echolocation:

"Echolocation is a magical and surreal examination of humanity at the edges of experience."
~ Kristian Wilson, Bustle

"...lived up to our high expectations."
~ Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf

"Part Darwinian, part Ovidian, these are waltzing and desirous tales of transformation, thrumming with verdant light reaching through forest canopies. Hofmann's characters are strange creatures bumping against one another in the shadows, with cracking voices seeking to connect. And then, when you least expect it, mad leaps from the dark into the light."
~ R.W. Gray, author of Entropic and Crisp

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