Lori Hahnel
   
 

Descended from a long line of music lovers, Lori Hahnel is the author of three previous fiction collections including Nothing Sacred (Thistledown, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Award for fiction. Her writing has been published across North America and in the UK; her credits include CBC Radio, The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, and Room.

During the early days of Calgary’s punk scene, Hahnel was a founding member of The Virgins, a power-pop punk group that carved its place in Calgary rock history as the city’s first all-female band. Hahnel lives in Calgary where she teaches creative writing.

 

 

 

 

 


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short fiction

200 pages/trade paper

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Lori Hahnel’s stories fracture stereotypes of the sanctity of marriage, the values of good people, and the expected happy ending. Provocative, talkative, sardonic and glib, Hahnel’s characters strike friction between the sentimental values of bygone Hollywood flicks and the misgivings of lower class life in western Canada. In their attempts to stretch their skins over frames of idealism, they turn to bygone Hollywood films and popular icons. These are the stories of the everyday and commonplace, where superstars become leaping comparisons for personalities and appearances, and working in retail or having a motel romance is as good as it gets.

“These are intimate voices in Lori Hahnel’s stories. They draw us in with a sense of privacy and privilege. Yearning, wistful, and wise-cracking, they beg understanding, from the world and for themselves. Nothing Sacred satisfies like a late night visit with a close friend and a bottle of good wine.” — Betty Jane Hegerat, author of Running Toward Home

“Lori Hahnel’s stories unravel seductive lines of pretzel logic, revealing bright new planets of mischief and music and mystery. This collection is a sly balancing act of yearning and humour, night cool and power pop, regret and miscreant wit.” — Mark Anthony Jarman, author of My White Planet

Nothing Sacred is a wonderful read, full of idiosyncratic people faced with tough choices. In these riveting stories, Lori Hahnel mixes economy with generosity. She writes sparely, yet at the same time, brings in an abundance of delicious, sometimes disturbing detail.” — Rona Altrows, author of A Run On Hose

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NOVEL

244 pages / paper

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ISBN: 978-1-927068-90-8
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After You’ve Gone is the story of two generations of musicians, a jazz grandmother and a punk granddaughter, who each struggle with balancing life, love, and art in their respective eras. The novel opens in 2007 with Elsa Taggart and her ex-husband watching their son’s convocation from Seattle University. The events that bring about this everyday moment are unveiled in a series of spirited flashbacks that move convincingly between Elsa and her grandmother. Lita and Elsa’s lives are revealed in a procession of parallel events.

In 1935 Regina, Lita, a young woman of gypsy ancestry, develops a passion for playing the guitar. Encouraged and wide-eyed she joins a Regina jazz combo and begins a life that she couldn’t imagine and didn’t expect. From the first moment that she falls in love with the group’s lead singer, to the dark moment of his death, Lita’s fate is sealed.

In paralleled abandon, Elsa in 1983 has become the lead singer/songwriter and guitarist of Speed Queen, a Regina punk band. Her boyfriend Mark Taggart is also in a punk band. In love with the music scene, with each other, and their new baby, they decide their musical prospects would be better in Seattle than in Regina, a move that will prove to bring about significant changes.

Though fifty years exist between Lita and Elsa, their circumstances reflect and conform to the lives they have chosen. The daunting risks of the musician’s life coupled with the pursuit of intimate relationships lead to the heartache and grief that comes with such adventure. The pain of rejection and betrayal has to be managed, just as the responsibility of commitments must be maintained.

After You’ve Gone vibrates with authenticity: two eras, two young women caught up in the giddy thrall of love and music and feckless men.” — Lee Kvern, author of The Matter of Sylvie and Seven Ways to Sunday

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