Calgary: NOVEMBER 2, 2019 2pm
at The Performance Hall at the Calgary
Edmonton: NOVEMBER 3, 2019 2pm
at Audrey’s Bookstore
Erin Emily ann Vance
"Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers is vibrant, delicious, and haunting. Vance’s writing is poetic and spine tingling in a way that will both make the reader delightfully terrified and yet completely satisfied."
~Kim Firmston, Author of Boiled Cat and Touch
"Part ghost story, part murder mystery, Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers does what few of either genre have managed to do over the last couple years – keep its secrets. Like a star visible only in the periphery of vision, the true nature of Margot Morris’ death remains elusive, giving space for the grief of her siblings to act as a mirror of the readers’ experience. Like Teddy, Sylvia, and Agatha, we naturally come to the conclusion of the novel ever desirous of answers, yet also knowing that some things are better off without too much detail.
No stranger to writing within restrained forms, Vance’s debut novel is yet another fine example of less-is-more. Only someone who has lived in a small town would be able to render the physical and social landscape of the Valley so fully with so few words. There is an undeniably poetic vein running through Vance’s prose, at times transforming the narrative into a prairie fairytale, at others drawing the reader in through dreamlike second-person, but always with just enough of the corporeal present to serve as a memento mori.
Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers is certain to intrigue, delight, and perturb."
~Emily Campbell, poet and founder of The New Cambrians writing group
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