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"That's Not Bhangra" places in Ten Stories High

On a dull, snowy Saturday, my wife Jeanine and I were happy to drive to St. Catherine's, ON, where I was honoured to read at the launch of the Canadian Authors Association's (Niagara) launch of Ten Stories High, its 2017 short-story contest anthology.

Standing (2nd from left) with other winners for "Ten Stories High."

Ten writers had stories in this, Volume 17 of Ten Stories High. From all the entries, 40 were selected by CAA Niagara volunteers for the judge, André Narbonne, who is a University of Windsor lecturer and member of the Writers' Union of Canada. Mr. Narbonne determined the 10 winners -- seven honourable mentions (including mine) and three prize winners; all of us read at the launch.

Reading from "That's Not Bhangra."

"That's Not Bhangra" (2,600 words) is about a middle-aged woman who, as a young person, had wanted to be a ballet dancer. Based (extremely loosely) on my own experience, the tale addresses the theme of artistic rebirth. All selected stories in the anthology dealt with rebirth in various forms, and the cover illustration, with its death-in-life imagery, reflects that fact.