Lori Hahnel



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The stories in Vermin span from the 1840s to present, and are linked by themes of loss, longing and music: a restaurant server in Tofino restaurant reflects on the nature of men in her past and present; a woman prepares to marry a brooding artist unpopular with both her parents and her small town community; a new homeowner has strange encounters with a previous owner struggling to let go. Stories in this collection have appeared in Joyland, The Saturday Evening Post, Room, The Antigonish Review and other journals and anthologies.

Praise for Lori Hahnel’s Nothing Sacred

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 Knife Party at the Hotel Europa

Hahnel’s short stories bestow depth and grace on characters that on the outside might seem mired in mundanity. The repercussions of our obsessions – whether they be things, relationships or events – are captured vividly in this intimate and surprising collection.” – Alberta Views

Lori Hahnel’s Nothing Sacred offers a wide variety of topics and people, and each is appealing in its delivery — something like a good song.” – Prairie Fire

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About the Author

Lori Hahnel

Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero and After You’ve Gone, as well as a story collection, Nothing Sacred, which was shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has been nominated for the Journey Prize three times and has appeared in over forty publications in North America, Australia and the U.K. Her credits include CBC Radio, The Fiddlehead, Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post. Lori teaches creative writing in Calgary.