Michael Helm is the author of The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize, In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, and Cities of Refuge, a Globe and Mail “Book of the Year.” An editor at Brick magazine, he teaches at York University and lives near Dundas, ON. He’s served on the faculty of the Banff Centre for the Arts, and as Snider Visiting Artist at the University of Toronto. “Science has claimed a lot of the ground that used to belong to popular storytelling” he said, discussing his new novel After James with Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter — “some of those old distinctions are falling away.”
After James (McClelland&Stewart) is a “genre bending” novel “told in three connected parts, each gesturing toward a type of genre fiction — the gothic horror, the detective novel, and the apocalyptic.” It follows a neuroscientist, a “literary detective” and a virologist – and explores a contemporary world of uncertainty. Read a review of After James here.