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Hood AndrewAndrew Hood’s first collection of short stories, Pardon Our Monsters, was published by Véhicule Press in Montreal (2007). Trevor Ferguson calls him as “the real deal . . . a writer you’ll want to hitch a ride with from the outset as the journey promises to be monumental.” Pardon Our Monsters has won the 2007 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, for the best first English-language collection of short fiction, it was named a Best Book in the Globe 100, and was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction (administered by the Quebec Writers Federation). He is currently at work on his first novel.

Andrew’s Books:

[first novel forthcoming]

Praise for Andrew’s Previous Book, Pardon Our Monsters:

“From geeky pubescence to the storms of adulthood, Andrew Hood taps emotional aquifers. As you sense the reservoirs in yourself, he unexpectedly makes them gush. One or two of these stories rival our best: transparent conductors of Hood’s wisdom and our human plight.”
Globe 100 Best Book

“When I’d recovered myself I had to interpret. Why was I suddenly putty in Hood’s hands? . . . We know how much a kid can idolize his brother. Hood stirs this emotional aquifer, then just as we’re recognizing its presence in us, Joe’s plain words of love make it gush. It feels good and true and timeless. This story, A Sound Like Dolphins, rivals the legendary best. Purely as a trigger for our deepest, intuitive understanding of humans and the world, it’s flawless. ”
Globe and Mail

“The stories in Pardon Our Monsters cover an extensive range, each underpinned by an incisive eye for characters in the midst of awkward transitions. . .A short story collection like this is a rarity from a new writer. One is reminded of Lorrie Moore’s debut, Self-Help. Andrew Hood’s Pardon Our Monsters, simply put, is a powerhouse of artistry and reveals to us a writer in whom enormous talent deeply abides.”
Montreal Review of Books

“Hood’s subjects are violence – both physical and emotional – and the inability of even well-intentioned people to forgive the transgressions of others. He possesses a sharp sense of irony and proves refreshingly unafraid to treat his characters mercilessly.”
Quill & Quire