These nine short stories are written by well-known authors such as W.D. Valgardson, Martha Brooks, David Arnason, Kristjana Gunnars and Betty Jane Wylie. The wide-ranging contemporary collection showcases the work of the prairie Icelandic community and is highly entertaining. All of the stories from the nine Icelandic-Canadian writers gathered here reflect both their heritage and the "fresh breeze" blowing through their culture. Their voices, sometimes comic and sometimes melancholy, will surprise you.
"The purpose of Unexpected Fictions is twofold: to provide a showcase of our most prominent writers at the moment; and to provide something in the way of an evening's entertainment with a round of stories."
-- from the introduction by Kristjana Gunnars
Kristjana Gunnars was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1948. She immigrated to Canada in 1969, after doing undergraduate work in Oregon. She has lived in rural BC, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Regina, where she took an MA in literature. Gunnars worked as a schoolteacher in rural Iceland, and taught English at the University of Regina and at the University of Alberta. Her poems have appeared in various journals in Canada and the US.