The Dead Book: What Happens When a Book Doesn’t Take

We always hear about an author’s latest work—what worked for them, what successes they’ve had. But what happens when you’re a writer who has a project that, though completed, never goes anywhere? What happens when you’re an established author with a manuscript that gets turned down by a publisher and suddenly struggles to find a home? Listen to these writers talk candidly and openly about failure—the shapes that it can take, the surprises it can hold.

Event Type: Panel
Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 9, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Alex Leslie‘s collection of short stories, We All Need to Eat, was published by Book*hug this Fall. Alex is the author of the story collection, People Who Disappear (Freehand), shortlisted for a Lambda Award for debut fiction, the poetry collection The things I heard about you (Nightwood), shortlisted for a Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry, and a chapbook of microfictions 20 Objects for the New World.

Betsy Warland has published twelve books of poetry, creative non-fiction and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of personal essays, Breathing the Page— Reading the Act of Writing. In April of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas, was launched by Caitlin Press’ new imprint, Dagger Editions.


Amanda Leduc is the author of The Miracles of Ordinary Men and the forthcoming The Centaur’s Wife. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she serves as the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity, Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.