The Light Streamed Beneath It

COMING SOON (FALL 2021) –– ECW Press has acquired world rights to The Light Streamed Beneath It. Award-winning writer and performer Shawn Hitchins takes readers into a year of unthinkable loss with a memoir that explores death, sex, community, and the humour in being alive.

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Another act of finishing. Today I completed the second draft of “Laughter In Hell.” Please wish my editor @crissycalhoun good luck. 🌱 In the last six weeks, I was gifted both time and space with an emergency gift from the Canadian Writer Emergency Relief Fund. The gift allowed for the creation of an additional 8,000 words and a full rewrite of an essay. I'm so thankful to the @writerstrust for their gift. 🌱 GIFT. 🌱 Like invisible ink, stories reveal themselves with intense heat. The unfair pressure of being a queer storyteller is an expectation that we only get to tell our stories once. The telling must be perfectly crafted, accessible, and entertaining, and in that demand, a pattern develops. We process and digest traumatic events then repeat them to ourselves over and over, reinforcing a history. We shave off the details and round the edges becoming our story. But, queers get to explore our stories hundreds of times and in a hundred different forms. We get to tell profoundly human stories filled with multitudes and complexities. I'm so lucky that I get another crack on a second book. #letitbemessy 🌱Thank you to my readers this month @dacciabloomfieldwritingcoach and @luckygoldrhino (Loren created this fun bunting for my 40th). Codeword: bunting. 🌱 Excuse me while I go from writing about 2019, to filing my taxes for 2019. I don't know what is sadder or more traumatic. 🌱 #gift. 🌱 Laughter in Hell @ecwpress Fall, 2021. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #WritersLife #TheWritersZen #ReadMore #WordCount #readthenorth #oversharing #memoirchat #nonfictionbooks #canlit

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In December 2019, Shawn appeared on The Next Chapter to talk about the events and inspirations for his next memoir. Click the image below to read & listen to the interview.