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Burning the Night
By (author): Glen Huser
Glen Huser


NeWest Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
May 13, 2021
$19.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 0 in | 1 lb

Page Count:

272 pages
NeWest Press

From small-town Alberta, Curtis comes to Edmonton to obtain a teaching degree. There he forms a close friendship with his elderly, blind Aunt Harriet, considered a family pariah due to her eccentric enthusiasm for a lost world of artists and musicians.

When Curtis begins reading aloud to Harriet the diary her intended husband Phillip kept before his death during World War One, an obsessed Curtis examines parallels to his own life: his desire to become a skillful artist and to find fulfilling love.

Timeless and essential, award-winning author Glen Huser's Burning the Night spans across generations and distance, traversing from Vancouver to Halifax, as it bears down on the history of Canadian painting and Curtis's awakening as a gay man.

  • A novel for those captivated by stubborn gaps in history.
  • Author is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for
    Children’s Literature.
  • Book will appeal to fans of historical fiction and Canadian art

From his earliest years, Glen Huser has loved to write and read and draw and paint. That's when he wasn't losing himself in the dark cocoon of a movie theatre or picking out old-time radio standards and Broadway musical hits on the piano. As a teacher and school librarian for a lengthy career in Edmonton, he worked his passions for art and literature into school projects such as Magpie, an in-house quarterly featuring writing and art from students. In his off hours, he wrote movie reviews for a local weekly, children's book reviews for The Edmonton Journal, and got his small ink landscapes into galleries. As he worked on a degree in Education and then a Masters in English at the U of A, he had the good fortune to work under the tutelage of Rudy Wiebe, Margaret Atwood and W. O. Mitchell. For several years he was a sessional lecturer in children's literature, information studies and creative writing at the U of A in Edmonton and UBC in Vancouver. His first novel Grace Lake was shortlisted for the 1992 W.H. Smith-Books in Canada First Novel Award. He has written several books for young adult readers including the Governor General's Award-winner Stitches and the GG finalist Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen. Short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, most recently Plenitude and Waterloo University's The New Quarterly. Glen's current home is Vancouver where he continues to write as well as pursue interests in art and film studies.

  • Early digital ARC. [Available now]
  • Announcement of book’s release by email newsletter and on the NeWest Press Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
  • Podcast reading/interview posted on iTunes, RSS feed, Facebook, and NeWest website.
  • Press releases and review mail-outs to various CBC outlets across the nation, both radio and television.
  • Submit to all eligible awards.
  • Ads in subTerrain, Alberta Views, Prairie Books Now, CNQ: Canadian Notes and Queries, Glass Buffalo, PRISM international, and Grain Magazine.
  • Launch events in Vancouver and Edmonton, as well as online.

For more information contact
[email protected]

Burning the Night begins with fire; the blackened sketches and journal pages of an artist fluttering down to become memories.... This is the work of a master storyteller.”
- Betty Jane Hegerat, author of The Boy

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