Ken Rivard


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A major collection of superb "flash fiction" writing by one of Canada's best authors. Ken Rivard has published two collections of poetry and eight collections of fiction during his literary career.

"CanalWatch is a collection of flash fiction written over numerous visits to Ohau, the man made waterway in Honolulu which serves as the dividing line of Waikiki on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Each story is based on the passing image of a particular person, place, event, object or overheard conversation (whether real or imagined ) in or around the La Wai Canal. Readers are invited to sit in the brief story moment of each flash fiction peice. Most times each narrative turns back on itself with the first line of this story also becoming the last line, resulting in a kind of story portrait...Occasionally, readers may be asked to suspend their disbelief. Other times, the point in time being described may appear to be too real to be untrue. Often, a particular idea or image simply asks "what if?" Then the story takes off and brings the readers along for the ride. Enjoy the "what if's" and the "not so what if's."


- Ken Rivard, from the Introduction


Critical Acclaim for Ken Rivard


"In his previous books of flash fiction, Ken Rivard has proven that he is a master of this form. CANALWATCH furthers this mastery. There is a significant range to these pieces as he introduces a myriad of characters in a myriad of situations. His writing will stun you with its breadth, accuracy and depth. As you read you will encounter wildly imagined moments along a canal. Most importantly, this is a book about characters at vulnerable moments in their lives and through much tenderness, he astutely finds the heart of each story. It is often impossible to predict what will happen next, and the more you read, the more you will be rewarded by the accumulated power."

- Robert Hilles, Governor Generals Award Winner and current author of DON'T HANG YOUR SOUL ON THAT and FROM GOD'S ANGLE

"Rivard's writing is honest, refreshing, startling, imaginative and gets the reader emotionally involved..."

- W.P. Kinsella


"A master of imagery...once again Rivard treats these personal subjects with humanity."

- Wendy RaJalka, Calgary Herald


"Amazing collection...Such thought-provoking portraits ...render the reader party to intense moments in private life..."

- Virginia Gilllham, Canadian Book Review Annual


"The most impressive of Rivard's work is its tendency towards a surrealistic, dream-like quality."

- Bob Attridge, Newest Review.


Official Pub. Date: June 9 2022

Flash Fiction

Available at your local bookseller or order from Mosaic Press / IPG(US)/ Gazelle Book Services(UK/EU) / Manda Group(Canada)


5.5 X 8.6 inches

108 Pages


Price: $19.95 USD $24.95 CDN

ISBN PB: 9781771616324

PDF: 9781771616331

EPUB: 9781771616348

MOBI: 9781771616355