Dan Twerdochlib reviews Death and the Intern for the Winnipeg Review:
Jeremy Hanson-Finger’s new work is clever and engaging. Janwar’s aptitude as a sleuth is supported by witty observations, while comprehensive run-throughs of his thought processes are relatable for anyone who grapples with anxiety or social awkwardness. Janwar is endearing, plagued with human flaws in spite of his academic successes and medical proficiency. His supporting cast is fleshed out enough to be identifiable while remaining inscrutable enough to leave both Janwar and the reader unsure who can be trusted.
All Lit Up put together a four-part series on Death and the Intern:
- Introduction and interview with publisher Leigh Nash
- All Lit Up team discussion
- Interview with yours truly
- Further reading (forthcoming)
From the interview:
JHF: I spent a lot of time walking around Koreatown (I lived with Andrew Battershill in Toronto at the time, while he was also working on his first novel, Pillow) trying to solve plot problems I’d never had to consider before, instead of just getting jacked up on coffee and vomiting uncomfortable moments from my past through a filter to try to make it more universal, which was basically my writing process before.
TM: What are you currently reading? And who is on your must-read list for all CanLit lovers?
AB: This is pretty non-Can-con of me, but I’m reading Perfidia by James Ellroy, which is a black-hole level noir about the start of Japanese internment in Los Angeles in 1941. As for must-reads, Marian Engel is a straight-up boss. Bear’s gotten a lot of play in the last couple years, but she’s just generally awesome. I recently read One-Way Street, and it’s hilarious and thought-provoking and great. For contemporaries, I’d have to go Pasha Malla as a writer who I’ll read anytime new work is available, and Jeremy Hanson-Finger as a writer whose book is coming out imminently (Death and the Intern launching any minute now).
The fiction section features stories by Frankie Barnet, Forest Orser, Madeleine Lee, Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Alex Manley and Russell Helms. The selection is all good. Mostowski was right; this is a publication of quality. However, the standout piece was most...
From rob mclennan’s blog:
Ottawa ON: For a couple of years now, Ottawa poet Cameron Anstee has been building himself up as a publisher of fine looking limited edition chapbooks, and encouraging and producing some surprisingly good writing from corners known and unknown. This new season of three titles includes former Ottawa and current Toronto writer Jeremy Hanson-Finger’s The Delicious Fields(O...