“In my fiction I have never had any trouble dispensing with the ‘rules,’” says Diane Schoemperlen. Her readers will agree — her novels and short stories always take an innovative approach to storytelling, and she is comfortable playing fast and loose with narrative convention.

In the Language of Love uses 100 stimulus words from the Standard Word Association Test to reveal the intricate web of emotion a young woman must understand and encompass as a woman, lover, wife and mother. Forms of Devotion combines woodcut illustrations and a prayer book layout to challenge readers’ expectations.

She is a master of the short story; her collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium Prize, and Forms of Devotion, won the Governor General’s Award for English fiction.

Her newest collection, First Things First, gathers 18 early and uncollected stories, with several being published in book form for the first time. Playfully comic, moving and profound, the New York Times Book Review says her “inventive language and narrative structures encourage readers to be free ‘from the prison of everyday thinking.’”

The author of twelve works of fiction and non-fiction, Diane was born and raised in Thunder Bay before moving to Kingston.

Appearing in: 35. Saturday Night SpeakEasy, 36. Paper, Pen, and Pixels: Memoir

Website: www.dianeschoemperlen.com

Book: www.biblioasis.com/shop/first-things-first