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Tread and Other Stories
Tread and Other Stories

Tread and Other Stories


200 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: November 2018

ISBN 9781988040424

Rights: WOR

Tightrope Books (Nov 2018)
Tightrope Books, Inc.

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Tread and Other Stories is a moving, unsettling, and ferociously humane collection. The characters are achingly real: the moments at once gut-wrenchingly singular and utterly recognizable. There’s a satisfying range here—from a female prison guard with a yen for bad boys to a lost young man who finds common ground with the French artist René Magritte. Dempster deftly explores the distortions that often accompany our closest relationships, and yet his gaze is always compassionate, never critical. He has created a series of intimacies, each built to make us feel things that we usually only allow ourselves to feel when we’re at our boldest: the desire to pinch the world and have the world pinch us back.


"All of Mr. Dempster's stories are very real; the people as well as the scenarios of each tale. As such, they make for some very good reading." —James Fisher,

"Dempster's stories do what all good short fiction should: give us characters who live and breathe and themes that braid themselves effortlessly around a memorable premise." —Mark Sampson, Quill & Quire

Author Biography

Barry Dempster, twice nominated for the GG Award, is the author of sixteen poetry collections, two novels and two previous books of stories. His poetry collection The Burning Alphabet won the Chalmers Award for Poetry in 2005. In 2014 he was nominated for the Trillium Award for his novel, The Outside World.