Michael Hetherington

Michael Hetherington

Michael Hetherington has bachelors degrees from Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia and a masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

His published books to date include: The Late Night Caller (Turnstone Press, 2003); The Archive Carpet (Passfield Press, 2012); The Playing Card (Passfield Press, 2013); Halving the Orange (Passfield Press, 2014); and, Hooked (Passfield Press, 2014). His first novel, The Playing Card, won the gold medal for best fiction from the Canada West region – 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and was a finalist in the literary fiction category – ForeWord Reviews 2013 Book of the Year Awards. Halving the Orange was a finalist in the same category in the ForeWord Reviews 2014 Awards. In 2015, Hooked was named a Shelf Unbound Notable 100 for 2015.

He has appeared in many events – including on the radio, Pandora’s Collective’s Twisted Poets Literary Salon, LitFest NewWest, and Surrey Libraries’ “Authors Among Us” – promoting his books. Michael’s work – including excerpts from The Late Night Caller and The Archive Carpet – has been published in literary magazines such as: Blood & Aphorisms, Exile, Geist, Lichen, The Malahat Review, Matrix, ON SPEC, and The New Quarterly.

He has a son and daughter and lives in North Vancouver.

Visit Passfield Press for more details about Michael’s work.

Praise for Michael Hetherington’s Books:


Shelf Unbound Notable 100 for 2015

“If you have ever felt that something sinister lies beneath the surface of the beautiful city [Vancouver] and its beaches, Hooked is a must read.” (Trek Magazine)

Halving the Orange:

Finalist, ForeWord Reviews 2014 Book of the Year Awards

“… anyone who opts to pick up a copy can fully expect to read something that is both complex and coherent.” (The Peak, SFU)

The Playing Card:

Gold medal for best fiction from the Canada West region, Independent Publisher Book Awards

Finalist, ForeWord Reviews 2013 Book of the Year Awards

The Archive Carpet:

“Hetherington’s best fragments suggest grand, complex worlds. ‘Elsbeth was not enjoying the story. But she had no choice, because it was the only story. After a year with no change, she insisted on another story, but the committee denied her request.’

“In other fragments, the suggestiveness is more realistic, and sinister: ‘I felt her fingers. They were warm and she didn’t wake up. I felt her throat.'” (Winnipeg Free Press)

“Though many of the pieces … could fit comfortably into a single tweet, the stories don’t feel fractured. They seem to insinuate more, in the way that a really talented artist can sketch a half-moon and suddenly you imagine a cheek. Hetherington has mastered the art of creating potential action in micro-fiction …” (Broken Pencil Magazine)

The Late Night Caller:

“It is with a remarkable sense of freedom that Michael Hetherington unleashes his imagination in this collection of writings.” (North Shore News)

“… There is a lot of good, old-fashioned Jungian fun in Michael Hetherington’s collection, in addition to wonderfully luminous prose and a conundrum that keeps teasing at the edges of this reader’s mind. He provides us with a balm for our humdrum condition—a magic cure for conventional existence. I highly recommend it.” (Books in Canada)

“Good things in teensy packages” (The Vancouver Sun)

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