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In Squito Bob, Gordon Grisenthwaite has given us a latter-day Holden Caufield, fighting hormones, toxic friendships, and the general stupidity of others in the fleeting hope of his own brief shot at transcendence. Home Waltz is a tour de force, full of compassion and insight and humour and utterly unflinching in its look at the hard truths of life on the res.
Aside from “How Mosquito Got His Name,” the stories featured her are from Gord’s thesis project Tales for Late Night Bonfires. And three have won prizes in recent contests: “Roadkill” and “ball lightnin” each earned second prize from The Antigonish Review and appear in issue 199. One is a surprise. “Spam® Stew and the MALM Minimalist Bedroom Set from IKEA®” will appear in Exile Edition’s forthcoing anthology The Food of My People.
Gord is Nłeɂkepmx, a member of the Lytton First Nation, and has earned an MA in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Windsor (2020).
He isn’t the oldest emerging writer in the world, but he’s up there.
“To be clear,” Gord stresses, “I had planned to start writing decades ago. In fact, I started to write in my early 20s but I had a ton of stuff to deal with, none of it good.”
His work has appeared in The Anitgonish Review, Our Stories Literary Journal, Prism International, ndncountry, Offset 17, Exile Quarterly, and Bawaajigan: Stories of Power. His work has earned a number of prizes, including the 2014 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award. His first novel Home Waltz, is scheduled for a fall 2020 release.