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Deborah Willis

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The writer Deborah Willis discusses her new collection of short stories The Dark and Other Love Stories (Hamish Hamilton, 2017), with Joseph Planta.

The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis (Hamish Hamilton, 2017).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

Deborah Willis joins me now. She has just published a new collection of short stories, The Dark and Other Love Stories. It’s already gotten some good notices, and I’ll get Ms. Willis to tell us about the stories therein, the themes explored, the characters she’s created, and more. We’ll also talk about her process. Born and raised in Calgary, she lived for a spell in Victoria where she worked at Munro’s Books. She was also a writer-in-residence at Joy Kogawa House here in Vancouver, and the 2012-2014 Calgary Distinguished Writers Program writer-in-residence at the University of Calgary. Her fiction has appeared in numerous publications. Her first book Vanishing and Other Stories was one of the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2009, and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. This new book is published by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada. The website for more is at www.deborahwillis.ca. She joined me from here in Vancouver last week while in town for an appearance with the Vancouver Writers Fest. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Deborah Willis; Ms. Willis, good morning.