TO DANCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD Steven Hayward.

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This is the long-awaited collection of stories from one of Canada’s celebrated authors of short fiction. Erudite and funny, nostalgic and fanciful, these stories unlock the secret longings and unlooked-for victories that make up everyday life. Whether he finds himself in the stands at Yankee Stadium on Bat Day, or, as in "Aunt Daisy’s Secret Sauce for Hamburgers," caught off guard by the myriad ways in which a recipe and its misspellings are a window into the woman who wrote it years before, or gently exploring how loss and love get intertwined for a "Bee Girl," Hayward writes with a sure sense of his characters and the complex, imperfect worlds they inhabit – elegant and unforgettable stories that are assured in depictions of characters and distinctive in voice.

"Steven Hayward is a master of the comic heartbreaker, and To Dance the Beginning of the World shows the surprising ways he can do funny strange and funny ha-ha within the space of a few pages. Rich, entertaining and wise: this is great storytelling." – Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist and The Damned

"Wry and funny and unnerving. Hayward offers us comic characters in footnoted fables packed with secret messages from the heart of the heart of the country." – Peter Behrens, author of The Law of Dreams and The O’Briens

Steven Hayward’s first book, a collection of short fiction entitled Buddha Stevens and Other Stories, won the Upper Canada Writer’s Craft Award in 2001 and was named by the Globe and Mail as one of the top 10 Canadian books of that year. His novel, The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke, won Italy’s Premio Grinzane Cavour Prize for best first novel, and his next, Don’t Be Afraid, was a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2012 and a Canadian national bestseller. Born in Toronto, he currently teaches in the English Department at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs.

 


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