Sharon BalaSharon Bala has been published in Cuffer Prize Anthologies, the Globe and Mail, and most recently, she won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. In episode 4, this 3-time winner of the Arts & Letters Award for short fiction reads and discusses Jessica Grant’s “My Husband’s Jump.” Bala is a member of the local writing group, Port Authority; Breakwater Books will be publishing an anthology of their shorts in the fall.

Jessica Grant is a beloved local author, best known for un-matched wordplay, imagination, and her multi-award-winning mega-hit novel, Come, Thou Tortoise. The story Sharon chose, “My Husband’s Jump,” won the country’s biggest short story award, the $10,000 Journey Prize. It is taken from her stellar collection, Making Light of Tragedy.

“As a writer, this is what [Jessica Grant] has taught me: to leave questions, and to leave a sense of mystery, so that there’s some room for the reader to insert themselves into a story. It becomes something of a make your own adventure.” – Sharon Bala

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This episode was kindly sponsored by Breakwater Books.