co-edited with Rona Altrows

University of Alberta Press, 2013

Winner of the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards' silver medal, in the anthology category.

Contributors: Rona Altrows, Alex Boyd, Debbie Bateman, Wade Bell, Janis Butler Holm, Brian Campbell, Weyman Chan, Lorna Crozier, Mike Duggan, Ben Gelinas, Elizabeth Greene, Vivian Hansen, Elizabeth Haynes, Steven Heighton, Jennifer Houle, I.B. (Bunny) Iskov, Eve Krakow, Shawna Lemay, Naomi K. Lewis, Shirley Limbert, Carol L. MacKay, Don McKay, Stuart Ian McKay, Jeff Miller, Micheline Maylor, Bruce Meyer, Dhana Musil, Lori D. Roadhouse, Kerry Ryan, Sydney Sharpe, Natalie Simpson, Sylvia Stopforth, David Van Buren, Aritha van Herk, Russell Wangersky, Cassy Welburn, Madelaine R. Wong, Elaine Woo, and Elizabeth Zotova.

"For people who have never thought of themselves as shy personalities, the various voices of “shyness” that richly crowd the pages of this anthology represent a chorus of eloquent witnesses to tell us that perhaps we are all shy, to one degree or another. In prose and poetry, writers from across Canada and beyond wrestle with their demons in metaphors, images and narratives that left me in no doubt of the torment and grievous sense of loss and isolation that some forms of shyness inflict on the writer, shyness as dread and humiliation and pathology. There is also – arising from the amazing variety of experience attested to in Shy - what I now think of as ethical shyness, linguistic shyness, gendered shyness, discerning shyness, self-blaming shyness, situational shyness. Yet, we are left with the message that shyness may bring its own reward: that there is a creative power and amplitude in the experience of silence, reserve and solitude that shy writers know as the muteness, in the words of contributor Don McKay, “falling all around you, lavishly, pouring its heart out.”"
-- Myrna Kostash

"The intimacy and honesty with which shyness, introversion, and attendant phobias, each different and debilitating, are revealed in Shy demonstrates unexpected bravery.... Shy readers will find kindred spirits and inspiration in the airing of emotions and attitudes normally kept locked inside. Less shy readers may come to better understand the occasionally incapacitating dread that is often mistaken for aloofness."
-- Joy Parks, Quill & Quire, December 2013


49th Shelf presents shy characters in Canadian fiction, courtesy of Shy contributors.
Interview on CBC's The Next Chapter.
Story in the Calgary Herald.
Review in the Canadian Review of Materials.
Review in the Coastal Spectator.