Intervals of Hope by Christopher Canniff (Blue Denim Press, 2021), is now available!
Nicholas Dixon lives with his mother and brother in London, England between the world wars. His father, Wilfrid, once with the First Battalion, First Canadian Regiment in the trenches of the Great War, now works in the coalmines of South Leeds and rarely returns to his family. Armed with his father’s wartime journal, a spirited imagination, and a taste for insurgency, Nicholas embarks on a quest to reunite the family. A journey that will forever alter his perception of his father, leading Nicholas to confront his own cowardice. Inspired by multiple interviews with a former WWII British Commando, whose father was in the trenches of WWI, and through eighty-five letters sent home during WWI by the author’s great-grandfather, Intervals of Hope explores duty, responsibility, cowardice, abandonment, and the disparate paths to becoming a man of honour.
"Canniff's description is as powerful as any writer I have ever had in the Humber course.” ---David Adams Richards, Governor General’s Literary Award winner and co-winner of the Giller Prize.
“The constant interplay between father’s journal and son’s actions was brilliant. Full of human interest and emotion. Can’t praise it enough.” --- Gordon Schottlander, Veteran, British Infantry, Royal Berkshire Regiment, WWII
Intervals of Hope was released October 1st, 2021 and is available now, with links and a promo video below. stay tuned to this website for details of the virtual book launch November 10, 2021 at 7pm!
check out the promo videos for poor man's galapagos:
and abundance of the infinite:
"poor man's galapagos" by christopher canniff (Blue denim press, 2015) is now available on audible.com!
also available in print and as an e-book!
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Poor Man’s Galapagos by Christopher Canniff (blue denim press 2015)
was Nominated for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize
CHRISTOPHER CANNIFF'S latest novel "Poor Man's galapagos" (blue denim press, 2015) can be purchased at local retailers or at:
Christopher Canniff's book "Abundance of the Infinite" (quattro books, 2012) can be found at http://www.quattrobooks.ca/books/abundance-of-the-infinite/, at your local book retailer, or at:
Christopher canniff's books, poor man's Galapagos and Abundance of the Infinite, are featured on the humber school for writers selected published alumni books: http://www.humber.ca/scapa/programs/school-writers/published-books?page=1&ipp=All
Quattro Books - 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest
Christopher was shortlisted in the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest for his novella "Abundance of the Infinite."
The book was published in the Fall 2012 lineup with Quattro Books.
Christopher's fictional short story "The Russian Soldier" can be found in the Spring 2011 issue of Descant Magazine (Descant 152). Descant received more submissions for this issue (Descant 152) than ever before in its forty-year history.
2010 Matrix Litpop Awards Finalist!
Christopher Canniff made the shortlist of finalists for the 2010 Litpop Awards, as judged by a group of selected Matrix editors and Pop Montreal staff!
Twilight Zone Radio Drama “Back for the Fourth”
Christopher was commissioned in 2008 by Carl Amari, CEO of Falcon Picture Group and Producer of the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, to write two scripts for this US nationally-syndicated radio series. New Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, not based on the original episodes of the 1960s television series The Twilight Zone, are currently being produced.
From the Producer’s Blog:
“I received two terrific TZ scripts in this week both of which are brand new story ideas, not based on original TZ episodes. One is by writer Chris Canniff. It’s based on the John Collier story ‘Back for Christmas.’ “
And: “Speaking of new scripts, first time TZ writer Christopher Canniff delivered an excellent adaptation of the John Collier story ‘Back for Christmas...’
LWOT (Lies With Occasional Truth) 3-Hour Novel Contest Winner!
Christopher won the LWOT 3-Hour Novel Contest in 2007!
From the LWOT Website:
Since it was first established in 1908, Lies With Occasional Truth has been bringing the very best Canadian fiction to readers across the world. Over the past century, our quadra-yearly journal has showcased work from some of the most celebrated icons of Canadian Literature, including Gradey Alexander, Darren O’Groussny, and Merlin Callaghan.
Since our first issue was delivered by horse and carriage through the cobblestone streets of old Montreal, the fiction featured in LWOT has been unrestrained by the checks and balances of the traditional short story form. Founding editor George Ross defined fiction as any piece of writing that is composed primarily of lies (with occasional truth), and this unique view has allowed LWOT writers to explore new and exciting directions in prose.
Quite simply, the fiction we publish is unlike the fiction being published anywhere else in the world.
As we approach our centennial anniversary, we have dedicated ourselves to supporting a new generation of exciting Canadian writers. From the most handsome and hygienic emerging authors in the country, to some of the most short-tempered vegetarian superstars of the independent presses, LWOT’s eclectic community represents the future of Canadian Literature.
In the Dark Anthology, Tightrope Books
Christopher’s short story “Solitude” was published in this anthology of Canadian Writers from Toronto’s Tightrope Books in 2006.
Indexed in “The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 2006”
Indexed in “Canadian Science Fiction Works Database” under “Short Stories”