When chosen as one of The Globe and Mail’s “Fab five: Canlit’s hottest up-and-comers,” Iain Reid told the interviewers “I have failed to achieve a great, great deal.” That turns out to be a good thing in Iain’s first book, One Bird’s Choice: A Year in the Life of an Over-educated, Underemployed Twenty-Something Who Moves Back Home. It’s the tale of Iain’s return his parents’ hobby farm in eastern Ontario after a decade living in Toronto.
“A laugh-out-loud comic memoir,” Maclean’s wrote of One Bird’s Choice, “with a cast of characters including a mom who may be allergic to her cellphone, an English professor dad who loves shredding redundant documents, and a fleet of cats, dogs, ducks, sheep, and one guinea fowl.” It won the CBC Bookie Award for Best Nonfiction Book that year.
In The Truth About Luck–Iain’s second memoir, his grandmother arrives on a five-day Kingston “staycation” in Iain’s basement apartment. Iain escorts grandma to local attractions and restaurants, and she reveals details of her inspiring life story.
Iain’s work–peppered with self-deprecating humour and astute observations about everyday life–has appeared on NPR, CBC Radio, Definitely Not the Opera, and Metro Morning, and in The Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, and The Classical. He contributes old-fashioned letters to Kingston Life, and is a graduate of Queen’s University and an alumnus of the Festival.