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Amanda Leduc
amanda leduc bookHeather is jolted awake by the sound of the world ending. The city has been destroyed by falling meteors and her small family is among few who survived. But the mountain that looms over the city is still green. Heather knows the magic of the mountain – her father took her there as a child on a misguided quest with tragic results. Now, she is torn by her awareness of what unleashed the meteor shower and what is coming for the survivors.

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Amanda Leduc is the author of the novel The Centaur’s Wife and the nonfiction book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Governor General’s Award in Nonfiction and the 2020 Barbellion Prize. She is also the author of an earlier novel, The Miracles of Ordinary Men. She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.

The Centaur’s Wife is woven with fairy tales of Leduc’s own devising and replete with both catastrophe and magic – a vision of what happens when we ignore the natural world and the darker parts of our own natures. At times devastating, but ultimately redemptive, Amanda Leduc’s fable for our uncertain times reminds us that the most important things in life aren’t things at all, but rather the people we want by our side at the end of the world.

Nisha Patel is an award-winning Indo-Canadian poet and artist in Edmonton. She is the current Poet Laureate for the City of Edmonton and the Regional Writer in Residence at St. Albert Public Library and Strathcona County Library. She is the 2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion and the Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Her debut poetry collection Coconut was published in 2021 by NeWest Press.