Volume 7 - 2016
Upfronts is a free, semi-annual digital publication that features selections from new and upcoming Hamish Hamilton titles. Download your copy and discover the most exciting writing Canada and the world has to offer. Volume 7, released in autumn 2016, features an essay by Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Joseph Boyden, as well as new work by Jonathan Safran Foer and an excerpt from Jay Hosking’s debut novel, Three Years with the Rat.
Joseph Boyden is the award-winning author of three novels, the most recent of which, The Orenda, won Canada Reads and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Wenjack is a powerful and poignant look into the last moments of Charlie Wenjack, a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the award-winning novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as well as the non-fiction Eating Animals. In his new novel, Here I Am, he asks what is the true meaning of home? Can one man ever reconcile the conflicting duties of his many roles– husband, father, son? And how much of life can a person ultimately bear?
Jay Hosking obtained his neuroscience Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, teaching rats how to gamble and studying the neurobiological basis of choice. At the same time, he also completed a creative writing M.F.A. Three Years with the Rat catapults the classic noir plot of a woman gone missing into the 21st century city, where so-called reality crashes into speculative science in a novel reminiscent of Danielewski's House of Leaves.