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M.A.C. Farrant

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M.A.C. Farrant is the author of fourteen collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction, a novel-length memoir, My Turquoise Years, a book of essays/humour, The Secret Lives of Litterbugs, a novel, The Strange Truth About Us, and her stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years which premiered on April 10, 2013 at the Arts Club Theatre’s Granville Island Stage in Vancouver for a subsequent run of thirty-seven performances.

The World Afloat - Miniatures, part 1 in a trilogy of miniature fiction, was published by Talonbooks in 2014 and won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for 2014. Part 2, The Days, was published by Talonbooks in 2016 and was a finalist for both the Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Relit Award.  Part 3, The Great Happiness, will appear from Talon in the Spring of 2009.

A full-time writer currently residing in North Saanich, B.C., her work has been nominated for many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, The Van City Book Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the National Magazine Awards, and the Gemini Awards for the Bravo adaptation of her story, Rob’s Guns & Ammo. As well, she has been awarded a number of writing grants from the Canada Council and the B.C. Arts Council. She is a regular book reviewer for the Vancouver Sun and the Toronto Globe & Mail.

Farrant’s work is infused with acerbic wit and iconoclastic innovation. As the Globe & Mail has noted, “Farrant is better at startling us with unnerving, often misanthropic, visions of everyday life than perhaps any other Canadian writer.”

The Ottawa Citizen has called Farrant “One of the best humourists in the land.” BC Bookworld has called her “Canada’s most ascerbic and intelligent humourist.”

M.A.C. Farrant is represented by Carolyn Swayze of the Swayze Literary Agency.

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Publications

THE SECRET LIVES OF LITTERBUGS Key Porter Books. Key Porter Books, 2009
RAW MATERIAL. Arsenal Pulp Press, 1993
ALTERED STATEMENTS. Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995
WORD OF MOUTH. Thistledown, 1996
WHAT'S TRUE, DARLING. Polestar/Raincoast, 1997
GIRLS AROUND THE HOUSE. Polestar/Raincoast, 1999
DARWIN ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE. Talon Books, 2003
MY TURQUOISE YEARS. Greystone/Douglas & McIntyre, 2004
THE BREAKDOWN SO FAR. Talon Books, 2007
DOWN THE ROAD TO ETERNITY: NEW & SELECTED FICTION. Talon Books, 2009
SICK PIGEON. Thistledown, 1991
The Strange Truth About Us - A Novel of Absence. Talonbooks, 2011
My Turquoise Years - Stage Play. Premieres April 4-May 4, 2013
My Turquoise Years - Stage Play. Premieres April 4-May 4, Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver, 2013
The World Afloat - Miniatures. Talonbooks, Vancouver, 2014
The Days--Forecasts, Warnings, Advice. Talonbooks, Vancouver, B.C., 2016
The Great Happiness. Talonbooks, Vancouver, B.C., 2019

Awards

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for Talonbooks, Vancouver, 2014
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