Carleigh Baker has produced a batch of stories with uncomfortable, unexpected and outright strange endings in Bad Endings (Anvil 2017). Her stories are full of character digressions, bad decisions, and misconceptions. Baker also highlights nature appreciation; salmon, bees and rivers play re-occurring roles. At times, the animals and humans merge, adding a touch of magic realism.

Carleigh Baker is a Metis/Icelandic writer living in Vancouver. Her work has appeared in subTerrain, PRISM International, Joyland, and This Magazine. She won the Lush Triumphant award for short fiction in 2012, and was nominated for the Journey Prize in 2014. Her book reviews and critical writing have appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Malahat Review, The Goose, and EVENT Magazine.

Carleigh Baker won the 2017 City of Vancouver Book Award for her novel Bad Endings (Anvil Press, 2017). The $3,000 prize is funded by the City's Publishing Reserve, which was established in 1977 as a permanent legacy for Vancouver writers and publishers.

Bad Endings (Anvil 2017) $18 978-1-77214-076-7

[BCBW 2017]