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a novel by
John Elizabeth Stintzi

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My Volcano, a novel by John Elizabeth Stintzi

Winner of the Sator New Works Award.

“With the panoramic scope and astute sharpness of Samanta Schweblin's Little Eyes and the eerie chill of Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, John Elizabeth Stintzi's My Volcano immediately grabs you by the shirt and doesn't let you go. Structured like a spiral moving through time and space, and deftly mixing history and myth and vision with poetic prose, this dread-inducing book will keep you up at night until you get to its last devastating, but ultimately, I think, hopeful line."
—Alicia Elliott, bestselling author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

"A kaleidoscopic, contemporary folktale with added acerbic juice, like when Dylan went electric. Stintzi somehow funnels the tumultuous present into a sprawling novel of collision and connection that’s both timely and timeless. This is very weird shit indeed."
—Hazel Jane Plante, author of Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian)

"My Volcano is a fast-paced, gripping, singular novel that belongs to the new wave of eco-horror yielding to no conventions."
—Fernando A. Flores, author of Tears of the Trufflepig


On June 2, 2016, a protrusion of rock growing from the Central Park Reservoir is spotted by a jogger. Three weeks later, when it finally stops growing, it’s nearly two-and-a-half miles tall, and has been determined to be an active volcano.

As the volcano grows and then looms over New York, an eight-year-old boy in Mexico City finds himself transported 500 years into the past, where he witnesses the fall of the Aztec Empire; a Nigerian scholar in Tokyo studies a folktale about a woman of fire who descends a mountain and destroys an entire village; a white trans writer in Jersey City struggles to write a sci-fi novel about a thriving civilization on an impossible planet; a nurse tends to Syrian refugees in Greece while grappling with the trauma of living through the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan; a nomadic farmer in Mongolia is stung by a bee, magically transforming him into a green, thorned, flowering creature that aspires to connect every living thing into its consciousness.

With its riveting and audacious vision, My Volcano is a tapestry on fire, a distorted and cinematic new work from the fiercely talented John Elizabeth Stintzi.


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Praise for John Elizabeth Stintzi

Vanishing Monuments — CBC's "Best Canadian Fiction of 2020."

"A melancholic and complicated story about grief, memory and identity, the novel is a beautiful and compulsive read, packed with themes and ideas that will resonate with many LGBTQ2 people."
—Nour Abi Nakhoul, Xtra on Vanishing Monuments

"Add John Elizabeth Stintzi to the honour roll of artists who have taken up this compelling and fraught task in the hope that the forms and structures of art could somehow tame the painful chaos of experience or make it more intelligible."
—Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun on Vanishing Monuments

"Vanishing Monuments is mystifying and rhapsodic in equal terms, resisting easy summations. Through the power of John Elizabeth Stintzi’s language, it leaves a bittersweet impression.."
—Ho Lin, Foreword Reviews on Vanishing Monuments


John Elizabeth Stintzi, author of My Volcano

John Elizabeth Stintzi is a non-binary writer who grew up on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. Their work has been awarded the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and The Malahat Review’s 2019 Long Poem Prize. Their writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, Best Canadian Poetry, and many others. JES is the author of the novels My Volcano and Vanishing Monuments, as well as the poetry collection Junebat. They live with their wife in the United States.

Visit the John Elizabeth Stintzi author page for additional details and interviews.

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FORMAT: Paperback (1st printing with gatefold)
LIST PRICE: $17.99
PAGES: 330
PRINT ISBN: 9781953387165
DIGITAL ISBN: 9781953387172
RELEASE DATE: 3/22/2022
SIZE: 5.5" x 7.5"

Printed in Canada by Marquis, with the following environmental statement:
*Printed on Rolland Enviro. This paper contains 100% post-consumer fiber, is manufactured using renewable energy - Biogas and processed chlorine free.
*FSC certified paper (inside and cover).

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