People Who Disappear

by Alex Leslie

April 2012
6 x 9 paper 256 pages
CDN $21.95 | US $21.95

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Finalist for the 2013 ReLit Award for Short Stories

Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (LGBT debut fiction)

An oil spill on the West Coast coincides with a loved one’s death. An enigmatic young musician experiences the rise and fall of his career, as told through videos posted to YouTube.

Sometimes romantic, sometimes elegiac, Alex Leslie’s coastal stories take place in ocean inlets and city streets. Haunted as much by technology as by their own ghosts, Leslie’s characters face the disappearance of sanity, love, and landscape. An electric, poetic debut.

“Leslie’s dark tones are reminiscent of Rebecca Brown, but she is a creative force all her own. Her star is rising. Watch for her.”—Hiromi Goto

“Alex Leslie conducts artful traffic in the zeitgeist, stories that are earthy, smoky, with Didion’s terse calm, empathetic and reliable as duct tape.”—Mark Anthony Jarman




People Who Disappear by Alex Leslie—Coastal Stories,” Reviews by Amos Lassen, March 13, 2013.

BC author captures reality in fiction,” Coastal Spectator, February 14, 2013.

Heartbreaking Vanishing Acts,” Briarpatch Magazine, December 11, 2012.

People Who Disappear,Alberta Views, November 2012.

Reimagining the Sublime West Coast: A Review of Alex Leslie’s People Who Disappear,Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian, October 11, 2012.

Read a F*cking Canadian Book, Eh: Alex Leslie’s ‘People Who Disappear,‘” Autostraddle, October 3, 2012.

People Who Disappear by Alex Leslie,” The Winnipeg Review, August 30, 2012.

Pitch & Plug with Alex Leslie,” Something Daily, June 21, 2012.

People Who Disappear,” Quill & Quire, May 2012  issue.

People Who Disappear by Alex Leslie,” Pickle Me This, May 16, 2012.

People Who Disappear,” National Post, April 13, 2012.

“Extravagant Meanderings,” The Globe & Mail, April 12, 2012.

12 or 20 questions (second series) with Alex Leslie,” rob mclennan’s blog, March 21, 2012