In Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, Mark Anthony Jarman’s new collection of short stories, a man travels to Italy to escape the memory of love lost and a marriage ended.

“A lot is based on my own travels, but it’s fiction, so one sentence could be something I did, and the next made up,” says Mark of the stories, which circle and overlap in surprising, weird, and wonderful ways.

The book’s unnamed narrator passes through sun-drenched landscapes of cliffs and seaside paradises, while the corpses of refugees wash up on the beach; he parties with the young and beautiful Italians he meets on the train while a man bleeds to death in the hallway, among other experiences.

“A collection of moving and often funny tales of a man’s quest for himself as he travels around Italy,” wrote The 49th Shelf book blog.

“Jarman’s stories are exquisite and powerful, finding beauty even within pain. They demand to be read again and again,” said Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

Known for his vivid, sensuous prose, Mark’s work runs the gamut from fiction to poetry to travel writing. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he has been shortlisted for the O. Henry Prize and has won the Gold National Magazine Award in nonfiction, the Maclean-Hunter Endowment Award (twice), and the Jack Hodgins Fiction Prize. His novel Salvage King Ya! is on’s 50 Essential Canadian Books.

He currently teaches at the University of New Brunswick, is the fiction editor of The Fiddlehead, and lives in Fredericton.

Appearing in 24. Explore/Experiment/Invent: Short Fiction, and 34. He Writes! He Scores! Seeking the Best Hockey Book Ever

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