“Horses,” a story originally published in May of 2016 by Found Press, is now available as a limited edition, hand-bound chapbook, lovingly crafted by FP founder Bryan Ibeas. Head to his Etsy store to order a copy, and while you’re at it pick up chapbooks written by the likes of Seyward Goodhand, Liz Harmer, Grace O’Connell, Kirsty Logan, Kathryn Mocker, Matt Cahill, and others.
It’s common, when talking about things below the surface, to mention icebergs. He prefers to think of trees, whose enormous canopies are mirrored in sprawling root systems, hidden from view by dirt, vegetation, parking lots. They are stubborn and tireless, but also flexible, mutable. They can accommodate, and bend, and redirect themselves. Unlike our pipes, he thinks, our wires, our gas lines, which are fixed and static. This is what a crew in the south end learned. They’d gone down to an existing gas line, set to be rerouted for a new road, and found roots, like thick, frozen serpents, and when they’d attempted to remove them they’d punctured the line, which sent debris both organic and mineral lashing outward, and forced skyward a roaring spume of natural gas.
— from “Horses,” now available at Found Press
Really surprised, and humbled, and pleased to report that What You Need has been nominated for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, given annually to a debut book of short fiction in Canada. Also nominated is noted layabout Kevin Hardcastle’s Debris, Heather O’Neill’s Daydreams of Angels, Hugh Graham’s Last Words, and Gerard Beirne’s In a Time of Drought and Hunger. What a thrill to be named alongside those writers and those excellent books.
To celebrate the announcement, Invisible Publishing has knocked a few coins off the price of the book, and also bundled it together with The Utility of Boredom at a great price, so if you’ve yet to read the book, hurry over to the site and take advantage.
Also, wonderfully, for today only, Found Press, who’ve published three of my stories, including two from What You Need, are offering all three for free. Make haste!
I’m grateful to the Writer’s Union of Canada, and to anyone who’s read the book, as well as everyone who’s reached out with kind words today. I woke up thinking it’d be a regular Tuesday, and then this. I’m amazed.
I recorded myself reading the first story I ever published with Found Press, “The Expansiveness of My Sound,” about an Ethiopian saxophonist named Metche Hufu (which was cut from the book, though not, I believe, for a lack of quality, but because it just didn’t fit the overall tone). A teaser of the recording is available here, and you can hear the whole thing if you subscribe to FP which, even if they hadn’t taken three of my stories, I’d still be quick to suggest you do. It’s a wonderful site for lovers of short fiction, well worth your time and (tiny bit of) money.
I answered five questions about “The Gamechanger” over at Alex Wong’s site stevenlebron.com. Among the revelations: I wrote the story to fit a title I didn’t end up using.
Read: Five Q’s: Andrew Forbes on The Gamechanger
“The Gamechanger” is now available in digital formats through Found Press. I’m the beneficiary of FP’s decision to go from four stories quarterly to one story a month, allowing them to spend more time fine-tuning each story. Specifically, it meant the chance to carefully and completely overhaul “The Gamechanger” (original title: “Big East”) with Bryan Jay Ibeas, taking more time than I’ve ever had the chance to spend deconstructing and reassembling a story. It was a refreshing change from the usual “here’s the galley” approach you get with some literary magazines. Bryan has thoughts very similar to mine concerning the construction and operation of short stories, so the process was great. Writers: submit to Found Press.
Anyway, the story is a long one but, I’m hoping, worth your time. Available for whatever reading device you favour.