Steven Heighton

Steven Heighton is a novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist. His novel Afterlands was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and is in pre-production for film. The Shadow Boxer was a Canadian bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His work has been translated into ten languages and published in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Tin House, The Walrus, Europe, Agni, Poetry London, Brick, and Best English Stories. The Waking Comes Late won the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and his works have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award.  His latest novel, The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep, comes out in March, 2017. Steven grew up partly in Northern Ontario and now lives in Kingston.  He once told MacLeans that he likes to put his characters in unfamiliar landscapes to “flush [their] deepest traits to the surface.” (Photo by Mary Huggard, 2016)


The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep

Set in an abandoned village in Cyprus, Annie Proulx describes The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep (Penguin Random House) as a “rich and disturbing literary thriller.” The novel follows Elias as he recovers from fighting in Afghanistan. Read a review of The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep here, and listen to an EMWF podcast and Q&A with Steven here.