May 30, 2024:

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The Winter Knight

The Winter Knight

Arthurian legends are reborn in this upbeat queer urban fantasy with a mystery at its heart

The knights of the round table are alive in Vancouver, but when one winds up dead, it’s clear the familiar stories have taken a left turn.

Hildie, a Valkyrie and the investigator assigned to the case, wants to find the killer — and maybe figure her life out while she’s at it.

On her short list of suspects is Wayne, an autistic college student and the reincarnation of Sir Gawain, who these days is just trying to survive in a world that wasn’t made for him.

After finding himself at the scene of the crime, Wayne is pulled deeper into his medieval family history while trying to navigate a new relationship with the dean’s charming assistant, Bert — who also happens to be a prime murder suspect.

To figure out the truth, Wayne and Hildie have to connect with dangerous forces: fallen knights, tricky runesmiths, the Wyrd Sisters of Gastown. And a hungry beast that stalks Wayne’s dreams.

The Winter Knight is a propulsive urban fairy tale and detective story with queer and trans heroes that asks what it means to be a myth, who gets to star in these tales, and ultimately, how we make our stories our own.

About the author

Jes Battis

Jes Battis (they/them) teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Regina.

They’ve published poems in The Ex-Puritan, Malahat Review, Capilano Review, and poetry is
dead, among other literary magazines.

They’ve also published creative nonfiction in The Los Angeles Review of Books and Strange Horizons.

They are the author of the Occult Special Investigator series (shortlisted for the Sunburst Award), the Parallel Parks series, and most recently, The Winter Knight with ECW (long-listed for Canada Reads 2024). 

Their first collection of poetry, I Hate Parties, will be released with Nightwood Editions in Fall 2024.

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