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Kevin Chong

The writer Kevin Chong discusses his recent book My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings (Greystone, 2012), writing, and more, with Joseph Planta.


My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings by Kevin Chong (Greystone, 2012).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: My Year of the Racehorse [1]


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

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

The writer Kevin Chong joins me now. I’ve always been a big fan of his. In high school, I remember reading him with great admiration in the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver magazine. He’s a prolific writer, a gifted one at that. In the last year or so he published two more books, 2011’s Beauty Plus Pity, a novel from Arsenal Pulp Press, and earlier this past spring, My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings. I read the book in April when it came out, and I really liked it. In the book, Mr. Chong is funny, a keen observer, and an excited racehorse, co-owner. A while back, he was facing the sort of things that men in their ‘30s feel, a sense of longing, and in Kevin Chong’s case, that need was filled with the ownership of something. A house wasn’t feasible, so a horse it was. It’s a moving book, touching, and perhaps the most personal of the four books he’s published. His first was the novel Baroque-a-Nova, and the critically acclaimed travelogue/memoir, Neil Young Nation. Kevin Chong is also an editor at www.joylandmagazine.com [2], and he teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. My Year of the Racehorse was published by Greystone. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Kevin Chong; Mr. Chong, good morning.