May 10, 2022
264 PAGES | ISBN 978-1-989496-52-7
When Beck Wise vanished his girlfriend Melissa Makepeace poured herself into caring for the family farm, silently absorbing yet another man disappearing from her life. But when Beck reappears three months later, thin, pale, with no idea what day it is and filled with memories of being bees, a series of layered mysteries begins to unravel. What had happened to Beck? Where did her father go? How can she keep the farm together? With gorgeous descriptions, deft characterizations and a page-turning plot, Mad Honey immerses the reader in a search for truth bounded by the everyday magic of beekeeping, of family and of finding peace, all while asking how much we really understand the natural world.
"There is a buzzing hum to Mad Honey, the drone of secrets linking characters together in ways that are both sticky and sweet. From rustic cabins in the Canadian wilderness to Cuban gardens bursting in bloom, from country fairs to dive bars, the reader is taken on a wild ride. Part Canadian farmhouse gothic, part family mystery, Welch’s is a propulsive debut. – Laisha Rosnau, author of Little Fortress and Our Familiar Hunger
"Katie Welch reminds us that we are a very small part of a massive and complex non-human world and that, where we heed the lessons of non-centrality, we can also truly love. Mad Honey is a beautiful novel.” – Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of Perfecting and All the Broken Things
On Rereading: Books that Bowled Me Over and Blew My Mind (Katie Welch, 49th Shelf, 06/06/2022)
Katie shares her list of recommended reading.
Six Questions interview #116 : Katie Welch (Chaudiere Books, 20/03/2022)
"Ottawa in the 1980’s was an exciting time to be a student. We kept bees on the school roof – the original inspiration for my forthcoming novel MAD HONEY dates from this time – and learned to rappel down the building’s brick walls."
"I Stopped Wondering a Long Time Ago" Read an Excerpt from Katie Welch's Mysterious Bee Novel, Mad Honey (Katie Welch, Open Book, 28/06/2022)
Katie shares an excerpt of her novel.
Take These Fun Essentials to the Cottage in Summer 2022 (Lori Bosworth, Torontonicity, 19/06/2022)
"Welch’s writing is fluid, concise and beautifully descriptive and the characters are fully developed. I found myself picturing Melissa’s bucolic farm while I read this well-paced story."
Book Therapy: Mad Honey (Stacey May Fowles, Open Book, 15/06/2022)
"A lush page-turner that wades through flashes of lost memory, and takes us on a bizarre search for the missing pieces of Beck’s experience."
Spring reading: Four new novels by Ottawa-area authors (Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen, 22/05/2022)
A wonderful mention of Katie's novel.
40 Canadian books coming out in May we can't wait to read (CBC Books 03/05/2022)
Katie's novel makes this CBC list of 40 Canadian books coming out in May we can't wait to read.
Who’s Who (BC Booklook, 25/03/2022)
A lovely mention of Katie Welch in BC Booklook.
Most Anticipated: Our Spring 2022 Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 31/01/2022)
Katie's novel makes this list of most anticipated spring fiction!
66 works of Canadian fiction to watch for in spring 2022 (CBC Books, 11/01/2022)
Katie's novel makes this list of 66 fiction books to watch for in Spring 2022!
Katie Welch writes fiction and teaches music in Kamloops, BC, on the traditional, unceded territory of the Secwepemc people. Her short stories have been published in EVENT Magazine, Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review, The Temz Review, The Quarantine Review and elsewhere. She was first runner-up in UBCO’s 2019 Short Story Contest, and her story “Poisoned Apple” was chosen as Pick-of-the-Week by Longform Fiction.
Katie holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto (1990). Her daughters, Olivia and Heather Saya, share her passion for nature and outdoor recreation. Katie loves to cycle, hike and cross-country ski with her husband, Will Stinson, and they are creating a remote home on Cortes Island, in Desolation Sound.