Emily Schultz’s new novel, Heaven is Small, has already piqued considerable interest in the book world, as the award-winning author takes on the publishing industry and the plight of writers with humour and biting wit. Called “confident, disturbing and clever” by the Globe and Mail, the novel tells the story of Gordon Small, a failed fiction writer who also happens to be dead, and who decides to break his way out of limbo and into literary greatness.

Once proclaimed to be one of tomorrow’s Ondaatjes and Munros, Emily has already made her mark on the literary scene. Her volume of short stories, Black Coffee Night, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award for Best Fiction and for the ReLit Award, and her poetry collection, Songs for the Dancing Chicken, was a finalist for the Trillium Award. Her first novel, Joyland, has been called a mesmerizing and achingly accurate depiction of adolescence.

Emily has written for the Globe and Mail, Eye Weekly, The Walrus, Prism, Geist and Descant. She currently teaches creative writing at George Brown College in Toronto.

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