Award: The Little Animals by Sarah Tolmie received the Special Citation at the 2020 Philip K. Dick Award ceremony. Thank you to the judges and the Norwescon organizers, who pulled off a successful virtual ceremony. It can be watched online; a five-minute reading from The Little Animals is featured at 38:30.

New novel: Sarah Tolmie’s latest novella, The Fourth Island, will be published by in fall 2020:

“When a body washes up on the shores of a village in the Aran Islands, it brings mystery with it. No one recognizes the drowned man, nor can any nearby village identify his body. As the mystery sinks into the soil, it begins to change the island.

Huddled in the sea is a fourth Aran Island, a lost island peopled by the lost, reachable only in moments of despair. Its people live cut off from the world, but they live well. But their way of living is incompatible with the world left behind, and if its melancholy should permeate, it could poison a whole community.”

Sarah Tolmie

Sarah Tolmie is the author of the poetry collection The Art of Dying (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018), the 120-sonnet sequence Trio (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), and the chapbook Sonnet in a Blue Dress and Other Poems (Baseline Press, 2014).

She has published two novels with Aqueduct Press, The Little Animals (2019) and The Stone Boatmen (2014), as well as two short fiction collections, Two Travelers (2016) and NoFood (2014).

She is a medievalist trained at the University of Toronto and Cambridge and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo.