J. Kent Messum

J. Kent Messum is an author and speaker who always bets on the underdog. A graduate of York University's Fine Arts Program, Mr. Messum worked as a professional musician for 15 years before switching to his writing career. His first novel Bait (Penguin Books) won the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. His second novel Husk (Penguin Books) was recently optioned for an international TV series by Warp Films in the UK. Mr. Messum is currently at work on his third and fourth novels.

He lives in Toronto with his wife, dog, and a trio of cats.

Books by J. Kent Messum

Book Reviews by J. Kent Messum

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“Radicals Chasing Utopia could influence you to chase after some of these utopian organizations and ideas, or make you want to flee from them just the same.”  

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“the kind of comics that kept the nightlights on and made children check under their beds.” 

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There’s a lot going on in White Tears . . . maybe too much.

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“proves a compelling vehicle for a retelling of one of the world’s greatest stories.”

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Is it better to leave the dead alone or bring them back into our lives?

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Charles “Sonny” Liston, former heavyweight champion turned drug dealer, was found dead in his Las Vegas home on January 5, 1971.

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“I’m a room without a door. A war artist, without a war.”