Hello! We're Jason Purcell and Matthew Stepanic, the co-founders of Glass Bookshop, Edmonton's newest bookstore! We celebrate Edmonton, Albertan, and Canadian writing, that will emphasize queer writing, writing by Indigenous and Black writers, writers of colour, and the independent Canadian publishers who are producing this vital work.
Glass Bookshop will be a space devoted to those who love books, reading, art and design, and conversation. We will offer a curated selection of titles, ranging from fiction to poetry to essays and criticism, and we'll be a space devoted to bringing these conversations to life through a robust event list including launches, readings, lectures, and casual meet-and-greets. Boasting a wine bar and room to sit and chat, Glass Bookshop will be Edmonton's hub for literary conversation.
Learn more of our story on our Indiegogo campaign page and help us create a brick-and-mortar space in the Quarters neighbourhood of Edmonton in November 2019:
Who We Are
Jason Purcell is a writer working on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton, Alberta. He is Interviews Editor for Glass Buffalo. His poetry has appeared in CV2, The Malahat Review, and PRISM International, among others. His chapbook A Place More Hospitable will be published by Anstruther Press in Spring 2019. Alongside Matthew Stepanic, he is co-founder of Glass Bookshop.
Our Advisory Board
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Doctoral Scholar in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. This Wound is a World is his first book; it won the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. It was also named the best "Canadian poetry" collection of 2017 by CBC Books. His next book, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, is due out in the fall of 2019 with House of Anansi Press.
Rayanne Haines is a best selling fiction author and poet, the executive director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and a 2018 feature artist for Capital City Press with the Edmonton Public Library. In 2017, she was shortlisted for Edmonton Poet Laureate and a Mayors Award for Arts Management. She has been published in anthologies, magazines, and online. Her poetry has been used as the text for the National Youth Choir of Canada, as well as recorded for a United Kingdom, talking newspaper for the Blind. Rayanne has had work published in Canada, the USA, and the UK.
Michael Hingston is a writer and publisher in Edmonton. He's the author of Let’s Go Exploring (2018), a critical and cultural analysis of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, and the campus novel The Dilettantes (2013), both of which were #1 regional bestsellers. His journalism has appeared in Wired, the Guardian, the Walrus, and the Atlantic. He is also the co-founder of Hingston & Olsen Publishing, the outfit behind the Short Story Advent Calendar and the Ghost Box; the Washington Post recently called H&O “a little Canadian publisher whose creations remind us what e-books can’t do.”
Matthew Stepanic is the editor of Glass Buffalo and the poetry editor of Eighteen Bridges. He's the co-author of the collaborative novel Project Compass (Monto Books, 2017), and the author of Relying on that Body (Glass Buffalo Publishing, 2018), a chapbook of poetry inspired by RuPaul's Drag Race. Alongside Jason Purcell, he is co-founder of Glass Bookshop. Visit his website to learn more.
Fawnda Mithrush is Executive Director at LitFest, Canada’s original nonfiction festival. She has played General Manager for Theatre Network and the outdoor Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and often pens stories for Avenue Magazine, Vue Weekly, Dance Current, Edmonton Journal, ACUA Vitae, and others. Moonlighting as producer and co-host of I Don’t Get It, an award-winning podcast that discusses performing arts in Edmonton, she also consults on arts administration and nonprofit management. Born and raised in YEG, her favourite pastime is boosting the city’s talented folk. She will likely talk your ear off about living in Alberta Avenue, her dog Dorothy, the BBC, and cheese.
Jason Lee Norman is a writer, editor, and publisher in Edmonton. He has a BA from the University of Alberta and MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. He is the creator of the #yegwords coffee sleeve literature program and his publishing imprints Wufniks and Monto Books have published 5 books to date that all focus on promoting local writers and local stories.
Nisha Patel is an Indo-Canadian poet and artist. Her work has been published in a collection of poems called Water and a solo chapbook Limited Success through Glass Buffalo Publishing. She is currently working on a debut full collection of poetry.