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John Mavin
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John Mavin
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25-Word Bio

Nominated for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, creative writing instructor John Mavin’s work has been translated, studied, and published internationally. Visit www.johnmavin.com.

50-Word Bio

John Mavin has taught creative writing at Capilano University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and at the Learning Exchange in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. A past nominee for the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, his writing has been translated, studied, and published internationally. Visit him at www.johnmavin.com.

100-Word Bio

John Mavin has taught creative writing at Capilano University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, with New Shoots (through the Vancouver School Board), and at the Learning Exchange in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He is a graduate of SFU's The Writer's Studio and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. A past nominee for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, his short fiction has been translated, studied, and published internationally. His first book-length collection, Rage, will be published by Thistledown Press in the fall of 2017. Visit him online at www.johnmavin.com.

About Rage

A chilling collection of stories unravelling the consequences of longing, broken trust, and deceit.

Rage
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When our own darkness is mirrored in multi-faceted characters, do we look away in disgust or find the humanity within them? In his debut short fiction collection, John Mavin has slyly exposed themes hidden deep below the surface with breathtaking potency, eloquence, and wit.

Rage follows a loosely interwoven group of people from the fictional town of Dolsens, Ontario. Archaeologists, mountain climbers, priests, musicians, psychics, soldiers, and teens all confront the rage and sorrow of lives based on lies and abuse. Throughout the collection, these people struggle to gain their independence, their dignity, and in some cases, to take revenge. When such content becomes overpowering, Mavin's lyrical and controlled writing keeps us so enmeshed that we cannot look away.

The potent narratives within Rage cast a very specific spell. They hold us close with their suspenseful conflicts and the fearful uncertainty of what a desperate or angry person might do, and are often as dark as they are enlightening.

Upcoming Events

Dialogue is Not Conversation: Using the Spoken Word Effectively in Fiction

Dialogue is Not Conversation:
Using the Spoken Word Effectively in Fiction

Southbank Writer's Program in Surrey
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How to Build a Story sponsored by Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver

How to Build a Story
sponsored by Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver

Word Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library – Library Square

Writing the Short Story: From Blank Page to Manuscript Submission

Writing the Short Story:
From Blank Page to Manuscript Submission

TBA, North Vancouver

Book Launch: Rage

Book Launch:
Rage

Community Room, Lynn Valley Village, North Vancouver