A COOL INDIAN NAME: FICTIONS
In a striking first collection of stories, Brent van Staalduinen leads the reader through tales that echo with loss and redemption, discovery and fear, tumult and victory. Where three young children create a Christmas in July for their bedridden mother, a military wife tries to help her son answer life’s toughest questions, a homeless man convicts an entire church congregation of their prejudices, and a baby cries in the midnight hold of a smuggling ship. A boy discovers the magic in Union Station while a terminally ill girl finds magic in laughter. From the title piece, “A Cool Indian Name,” which explores the dark remnants of abuse in a residential school and the limits of friendship, to “Buddy’s Mirror,” where a medic sent on an ill-fated peacekeeping mission is forced to ask how far he will go to protect those under his care, van Staalduinen’s fictions force us into difficult places and situations and, afterwards, demand we account for ourselves.
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FINDING DECEMBER: CHRISTMAS TALES
A collection of six holiday stories that carry the reader to new places in search of a perfect December. In "Finding December," a lonely traveler in a strange and foreign city discovers a bit of humanity; in “Our Own Voices,” a family faces a first Christmas after unspeakable tragedy; in "To Love Everyone," a cantankerous man tries to find an argument at the local church, but discovers a greater narrative at play; a young boy discovers that even great people are humans too in "A Command Performance"; in “Next Door,” even private neighbors can shine for each other at the holidays; and "Tupperware and a Christmas Star" finds Joseph on Mary's doorstep for a first Christmas date.
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"Barton Walkup," a Hamilton story, will appear in Prairie Fire Magazine sometime in 2016.
"The Heat Comes Early this Year," which was shortlisted for EVENT Magazine's 2014 Creative Nonfiction Award has gone live on the Litro Magazine website. Read it here.
READING AT LOCKE!
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:30-7:30pm. I'll be reading and discussing a selection of published and shortlisted stories at the Locke Street Library, 285 Locke Street South in Hamilton.
October 30, 2014
ACCEPTED! "The Heat Comes Early this Year," which was shortlisted for EVENT Magazine's 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest, has been accepted by Litro Magazine in the UK, and will appear online alongside their December print issue.
October 18, 2014
ACCEPTED! "Qom," which was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize, has been accepted by EVENT Magazine and will appear in the January or May 2015 issue.
August 15, 2014
SECOND PLACE FINISH! "Cathedral Language" placed second in the latest Mash Stories competition. Click here to read my entry.
August 12, 2014
ACCEPTED! "Mum 2 Mum" has been accepted by The Dalhousie Review and will appear in the September 2014 issue.
July 19, 2014
SHORTLISTED! My essay "The Heat Comes Early This Year" has been shortlisted for EVENT Magazine's 2014 Nonfiction Contest! Details here.
SHORTLISTED! "Cathedral Language," a flash fiction piece, has been shortlisted over at Mash Stories.
ACCEPTED! "Finding Iraq," a creative travel memoir, will appear in The New Quarterly's summer 2014 "War" issue, alongside "Fairly Traded," a notable mention in TNQ's 2013 Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award contest.
"QOM" MAKES THE 2014 CBC CANADA WRITES LONGLIST: My short story "Qom" was longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes short story 2014 competition.
BRENT @ LOCKE ST FESTIVAL: On Saturday, September 7 at 1:30pm, Brent will be reading a piece of short fiction at the Locke Branch of the Hamilton Public Library as part of the 2013 Locke Street Festival!
NOTABLE: My short story, "Fairly Traded," achieved a notable mention in The New Quarterly's 2013 Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award contest and was picked up for publication! It will appear in the winter or spring issue.
AGENTED! May 24, 2013. Brent has accepted representation from the Mint Literary Agency.
"THE BEAN COUNTERS" ONLINE! Click here.
ACCEPTED! Jan. 21, 2013: I received formal acceptance to the MFA of Creative Writing program at UBC!
WRITING WORKSHOP: Brent will be leading a writing workshop as part of the Hamilton Public Library's 2013 Tween summer writing contest at the Ancaster branch on Tuesday, July 9 from 2:30-5:30pm.
December 2012: Published A Cool Indian Name.
December 2012: "The Bean Counters" appears in Biz Magazine.
October 2012: BORDERLESS, Brent's new column in The Christian Courier
August 2012: "East of James" in urbanicity
July 2012: Ablemuse Absolute Write Quarter Finalist: "Creche"
December 2011: Contest Finalist: "Buddy's Mirror"
Published: Finding December
Oct. 19-23: Surrey International Writer's Conference Success!
Published: "A Command Performance"