Wave Forms and Doom Scrolls
Daniel Scott Tysdal
November 9, 2021
224 pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-38-1
In this heart-twisting collection of short stories, Daniel Scott Tysdal delves deep into the human experience. From the middle-aged man involved in a suicide cult to the young woman trying to write a poem for a friend who has recently died, to the daughter of a man who loses everything on a theme park, these stories are filled with beautifully drawn and often profoundly flawed characters. Throughout the collection, Tysdal looks unflinchingly at the darkness of society, at suicide, at internet trolls, at violence, but the powerful empathy of his writing brings significance to even the most tragic moments. These stories have intricate and unexpected plots, filmic descriptions and crisp writing, but what will stay with the reader is the way Wave Forms and Doom Scrolls breaks the reader's heart and then puts it back together again filled with compassion for these lost souls.
Wave Forms and Doom Scrolls (Lisa de Nikolits, Goodreads, 25/09/2021)
"Darkly satirical in the best possible way [...] I loved the brilliant tension, the shocking incisiveness and the way each story holds a mirror to the sociology of now."
65 Canadian works of fiction to watch for in fall 2021 (CBC Books, 12/08/2021)
Daniel's collection of stories makes the CBC's list of Canadian works of fiction to watch for in fall 2021.
Most Anticipated: Our 2021 Fall Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 12/07/2021)
Daniel's collection makes the 49th Shelf's list of Most Anticipated Fall Fiction Preview.
"Here’s a collection of stories that is part experiment, part essay, part movie adaptation all within the boundaries of prose, in this form-bending fiction debut. Waves Forms and Doom Scrolls is the voice of that passionately nosy neighbour, or that keenly observant professor, or that guilty bystander, who, like the rest of us, is trying to make sense of what keeps people here. It's eerie and thoughtful, with a hint of horror and cinéma vérité, making a painter, director and composer out of Daniel Tysdal. True to his origin, this is the work of a hyphenated poet." – Téa Mutonji, author of Shut Up You’re Pretty and winner of the 2020 Trillium Book Award
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Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award-winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press) and the TEDx talk "Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life)." His short fiction has earned a number of honours, including the Thomas Morton Prize for Fiction and runner up for the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. His short film adaptations of his stories "Humanity's Wing" and "Wave Form" have screened internationally. He teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough.