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D.W. Wilson

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The writer and author D.W. Wilson discusses his short story collection Once You Break A Knuckle (Hamish Hamilton, 2011), writing, and his burgeoning career, with Joseph Planta.

Once You Break A Knuckle by D.W. Wilson. (Hamish Hamilton, 2011)

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

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

The book is called Once You Break A Knuckle. It’s a short story collection from the author D.W. Wilson. He was born and raised in the Kootenays here in British Columbia, where the stories in this book are set. The stories therein are described as gritty, muscular, and masculine, among other choice adjectives. We see the community that’s depicted through the men in this book: young men struggling; older men struggling too, sometimes with one another. Also examined: friendships, love, and other relationships like those of time and place. We’ll get Mr. Wilson to tell us more about what’s in this book. He’s currently pursuing a PhD at the University of East Anglia, where he was the recipient of the MAN Booker Scholarship there. Recently, he received the BBC National Short Story Award. He’s its youngest recipient ever. I’m just under 30, and he’s younger than I am. This all makes for a strong debut. D.W. Wilson is in town for appearances at the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival. The book is published by Hamish Hamilton, which is an imprint of Penguin. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, D.W. Wilson; Good morning, Mr. Wilson.