Jessica Westhead

Jessica Westhead’s fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, selected for the Journey Prize anthology, and nominated for a National Magazine Award. Her stories have appeared in major literary journals in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., including Hazlitt, The New Quarterly, Maisonneuve, Indiana Review, and Hamish Hamilton’s Five Dials. CBC Books has called Jessica “One of the 10 Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now .” Her first novel, Pulpy & Midge, was nominated for the ReLit Award. Her critically acclaimed short story collection And Also Sharks was a Globe & Mail Top 100 Book and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize.


Things Not To Do

In Things Not to Do (Cormorant Books, September 2017), Jessica Westhead harnesses all of her powers of empathy, humour, and disarming honesty to create a mosaic of malcontents trying desperately to hold onto what they think they deserve. A man attends a gathering on the coattails of his new, zealously empowering friend. A woman helps her husband build an escape room to free him from working for a hated boss. The father of a teen pop sensation gathers with his fans in the wake of a controversy. The actions of these characters, for good or ill—and there is light in their lives, along with the dark—stem from the same familiar place, and Westhead cuts right to the heart of it. Things Not To Do is set to be released near the end of September.