Neil Smith is the author of “Bang Crunch”, a collection of short stories. Knopf Canada, an imprint of Random House of Canada, will publish “Bang Crunch” in January 2007 within its New Face of Fiction program (www.newfaceoffiction.com). The book will also be released in the United States by Vintage and in the United Kingdom by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. A few years ago, Neil Smith got bored of his day job as a freelance translator, and started writing short stories “as a lark”. He joined a writing workshop, impressed his teacher so much with his first effort, that she encouraged him to submit it to a literary journal. Said story ended up being nominated for the Journey Prize. Neil Smith’s 2nd and 4th stories were also nominated for the Journey Prize (“Green Fluorescent Protein” in 2002, “Isolettes” in 2004, and “Scrapbook” in 2005). Neil Smith’s story “Bang Crunch” won 1st prize in the 2004 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest. In addition, Neil Smith has been published in several literary journals, such as “The Fiddlehead” (with “Bang Crunch” in 2005), “The Anigonish Review”, “Event”, “Blood and Aphorisms”, “Maisonneuve”, and “Headlight”. He has previously worked on a museum exhibit on strange animal and insect mating rituals, and with the writer Joel Yanofsky in a mentorship programme run by the Quebec Writers Federation. Neil Smith’s work has also been published in the “Coming Attractions” anthology. Neil Smith comes from Montreal.
Falling into Fiction – Neil Smith is interviewed by John Custodio
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