JJ Lee, our brilliant Issue 2 author of “Built to Love”, is launching a new CBC radio show this morning! The topic is fashion, but fashion with the kind of insightful commentary only JJ can provide. As readers of Measure of a Man know, JJ goes beyond what you wear to reveal the message behind the material. Deny it as we might, it is true that what we wear expresses who we are. (Yes, even as rebellious as I try to be right now, typing this blog post in $9 shorts and a well-worn shirt, I can see the story behind each item, and I would trust no one but JJ to decipher the message!)
But wait! Before you rush off to tune in to JJ’s show, writers should note that JJ has graciously agreed to judge our summer literary contest. Get your pens ready! The First Annual Hummingbird Award for flash fiction opens July 1st. Only 300 entries accepted! You’ve been given fair warning! (Details on our contest page.)
Our magazine is dedicated to breaking boundaries of fictional genres and encouraging established authors to go boldly where they have never gone before. This blog salutes our second issue feature author, JJ Lee. Whereas “Built to Love” is a science fiction story built around a teddy bear, JJ is best known for his sensitive memoir, The Measure of a Man. Nominated for highest awards in Canada, this book is one you will never forget. For those fortunate to attend his local library readings, JJ is known to capture his audience so completely the normally punctual librarians forget to check their clocks. Tissues are pulled out of pockets and tapping feet are stilled. He’s that good. A description of the book from his website:
For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the navy suit that hung at the back of his closet — his late father’s last suit. When he decides to finally make the suit his own, little does he know he is about to embark on a journey into his own past. Part personal memoir, part social history of the man’s suit, it is a deeply moving and brilliantly crafted story of fathers and sons, love and forgiveness, of fitting in and standing out — and discovering what it means to be your own man.
Maclean’s magazine calls this ‘An exquisite book.’ We highly recommend this memoir as a gift for both men and women, so please visit JJ’s website and do a little early Christmas shopping: http://jj-lee.com/MOAM
As a teaser for our first issue, here are the first few lines from all the stories in issue 1. See if you can match them with their authors!
“Live or die, live or die! That’s all anybody does around here. For once, I wish somebody would come up with a third option.”
Keld tensed as he heard the clinking footsteps and huffing breath of the enemy. It wasn’t the anticipation of the coming fight that made him tense, it was the bloody hallway.
“Failed equipment located. Searching … no procedure available.
Sitting on the edge of the bed now, listening. A door opened, shut, someone has come and gone, that much is certain.
If you walk down the grand staircase of Castle Osthegn, you will see a family portrait.
“Why is the grass always greener in Sally’s yard?” I ask this out loud, and my husband takes my question literally.
You must understand, post-apocalypse Hamilton couldn’t get much worse than pre-apocalypse Hamilton.
Here are the stories they come from:
a. Where the Angels Wait, by CC Humphreys
b. Stella Ryman and the Case of the Third Option, by Mel Anastasiou
c. Only the Loons Know, by SL Nickerson
d. Allaigna’s Song: Overture, by JM Landels
e. Glass Curtain, by Sue Pieters
f. The Mechanics, by Angela Melick
g. Of Seige and Sword, by Tyner Gillies
Post your answers in the comments below. The first person to correctly match all seven will win a signed limited edition JJ Lee paper doll, drawn by the amazing Kris Sayer.
And of course, if don’t guess correctly but are still jonesing for that doll, you can pledge at the $50 level on our kickstarter page. There are still a few left, but you need to hurry — the campaign only runs till November 5th!