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M.A.C. Farrant is the author of ten collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction; a novel-length memoir, My Turquoise Years; a book of humorous essays, The Secret Lives of Litterbugs; and the stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years, which premiered at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre in 2013.
A full-time writer currently residing in North Saanich, British Columbia, Farrant’s work as been nominated for many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Van City Book Prize, the National Magazine Awards, the Gemini Award (for the Bravo short-film adaptation of her story “Rob’s Guns & Ammo”), the Victoria Book Prize, and two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for her play My Turquoise Years, among others. She is a regular book reviewer for the Vancouver Sun, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post.
Farrant has taught writing at the University of Victoria, the Victoria School of Writing, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and was Writer-in-Residence at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
December 2013 : Interview: MAC Farrant on My Turquoise Years
October 2013 : New Meta-talon Post: 19 Questions with M.A.C. Farrant
April 2013 : A Trailer for My Turquoise Years
April 2013 : Interview with Stars of My Turquoise Years
March 2013 : Catch the Wave at the Arts Club!
October 2012 : Stranger Than Fiction?
June 2012 : Memoir of a Canadian Childhood
August 2011 : They Rule!
BOOK AWARDSThe Strange Truth About Us
One of the Top Twenty-Three Canadian Fiction Books of 2012 (Globe and Mail)”
QUOTES OF NOTEThe Strange Truth About Us
“The Strange Truth About Us is impossible to summarize, save to say that it is both an acknowledgment of and an antidote to all the uncertainty we must shoulder in this, our age of anxiety and absence. Delightful and disturbing in all the best ways, this book addresses that which mostly remains unspoken in ways that have seldom been spoken before.”
– Globe and Mail
“One thing is sure: the format invites – if not demands – us to dip into the book again and again for insights that are funny, timely, provocative and unsettling.”
– Prairie Fire Review of Books
“The Strange Truth About Us is shot through with Farrant’s subversive wit, her acute sense of irony, As well as being poetic and thought-provoking, it is quite funny.”
– Victoria Times Colonist
QUOTES OF NOTEDown the Road to Eternity
"Farrant has a lightness of touch, and her writing is not too charmed by its own cleverness; she achieves something quite tricky there. With an eye to the world that is somewhat aslant, her stories cannot nestle neatly into the forms usually associated with realism, and the formats she chooses are refreshing: at her best, it feels as if she is getting at the heart of something that takes other writers much longer to lead us to." — Canadian Literature
“Farrant, it appears, will offer satire, surrealism and silliness to guide us through the rogue waves of reality toward a shore called Meaning. The stories are full of changing ideas and scenarios, and contain worlds. The reader might want to pick at these stories slowly, however, as they are extremely rich.”
— Globe and Mail
“M.A.C. Farrant is a trapeze artist of the imagination, swinging over the existential void.”
— BC Bookworld
QUOTES OF NOTEThe Breakdown So Far
“A brave iconoclast.”
— Publishers Weekly
“The Breakdown So Far is a fantastic and whimsical challenge to the intellectual doom of everyday life. [Farrant] is an elegant and spare writer, whipping up a foam of visionary ideas with a few short strokes of language.”
— Ottawa Xpress
“The Breakdown So Far is challenging, unnerving, unforgettable and very unlikely. If, as Nabokov advises, the monster of grim common sense must be ‘shot dead,’ then Farrant is, indeed, a crack shot.”
— Globe and Mail
“Farrant is a master of the literary equivalent of a waking dream, creating subtle insurrections disguised as prose. The Breakdown So Far, her latest collection of absurd short stories, is a minivan crammed full of weird.”
— Toronto Star
“[Farrant] manages to make these stories feel very whole and rounded, despite their brevity—no small task.”
QUOTES OF NOTEDarwin Alone in the Universe
Farrant is better at startling us with unnerving, often misanthropic, visions of everyday life than perhaps any other Canadian writer.
— Globe & Mail
M.A.C. Farrant is a wonderful writer of domestic comedy."
— Bill Richardson, CBC
A brave iconoclast.
— Publishers Weekly
— January Magazine
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program; and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.