|Adam Lindsay Honsinger|
Nominated twice for The Journey Prize, Honsinger is a writer, teacher, and illustrator. Many of his short stories have been published in literary journals, including Descant, Prism International, Other Voices, and Exile Quarterly. At the 2010 National Magazine Awards, a story of his won Silver.
Honsinger grew up in suburban Toronto in the 1970s, and the myth of suburban bliss figures strongly in Gracelessland, as does the protagonist's father's obsession with Elvis Presley. Kepler Pressler -- the name plays simultaneously on the famous astronomer and Elvis -- is the main character. The wordplay with Kepler's name tips off the reader of the humour to come.
I will leave you to listen for more about Gracelessland. But I will say that Kepler Pressler is a character I won't forget. He's as memorable a teenage protagonist as (but very different from) Holden Caulfied in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. I laughed with Kepler and, if I didn't cry, I was moved by his struggle.