Shari wrote a collection of short stories entitled Everything Life Has to Offer. It's available in print and ebook formats on the publisher's website as well as Amazon and Chapters-Indigo. Or better: pick it up at your local independent shop! In Toronto, grab a copy from TOWN (1187 Bloor St W just east of Brock) or try Another Story, Type, or Book City. In New York, head to Bluestockings (172 Allen St.).
Here's what people are saying:
"By the end of Everything Life Has to Offer, I felt as though I had just finished a marathon of surreal coffee dates and phone calls with needy people from a bizarro dimension." -Noah Cain, The Winnipeg Review
"With shades of George Saunders and Etgar Keret, Shari Kasman's collection offers a sharp, sometimes eccentric, often hilarious vision of modern life. Don't let the chipper, chin-up naivete of her characters fool you; these are no Pollyanna stories. Inside each one lies a crystalline shard of understanding: of the desperation that crouches in the heart of every human, of the dizzying gap between what we want and what the world will give us."
-Anna Leventhal, author of Sweet Affliction
"The characters in Shari Kasman’s funny and perfectly off-kilter stories are naïve to a fault, but they’re all so sweetly sincere that I couldn’t help cheering on their bizarre pet projects and goofy aspirations and, especially, their fumbling efforts at connection with each other. Everything Life Has to Offer is a heart-melting read and a hell of a good time.”
-Jessica Westhead, author of And Also Sharks
“Whether it’s about a lucky radio contest winner who selects the DJ to accompany her on her prize trip or a surgery addict or a late whistler, the stories in Shari Kasman’s debut are little bursts of ribald joy and pure mischief. She delightfully ridicules the modern idiom in all its manifestations.”
–Jeff Parker, author of Where Bears Roam the Streets
About the author:
Shari's work has been published in Joyland, Taddle Creek, and This Magazine, as well as in an anthology published by Dragnet Magazine. Her story that placed second in the Broken Social Scene Story Contest can be found in an eBook published by House of Anansi. Her collection of short fiction, Everything Life Has to Offer, is available thanks to Invisible Publishing.
Select works of fiction:
"A Big Small-Scale Adventure, This Magazine, May/June 2016
"Pacific Theme" in an ebook The Broken Social Scene Story Project: Short Works Inspired by You Forgot It In People, published by House of Anansi
"Blindfolded Nude Male Swinging Stick at Donkey Piñata" in Joyland Magazine
"Come on My New Daily Wine Tour" online in Dragnet Magazine No. 3 and in print in Dragnet Anthology 1
"A Note from The Designer and Couturier" in Branch Magazine No. 5: Wild
Select works of nonfiction:
"End of Tacky'' in Spacing Magazine, winter 2016
"Special Delivery" in Taddle Creek Magazine, winter 2014-2015
Series of articles on usual musical instruments in Toronto Standard
"Happy Purim From Metro" in Toronto Standard
Pieces for Torontoist