About Brent van Staalduinen

Brent is a novelist and award-winning short story writer from Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of three novels, Boy and Nothing But Life (both forthcoming from Dundurn Press) and Saints, Unexpected (Invisible Publishing). His short fiction has won the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Lush Triumphant Literary Award, and the Fiddlehead Fiction Award, and has appeared in The Sycamore ReviewThe New QuarterlyPrairie FireEventThe Fiddlehead, and elsewhere. A recovering high school English teacher, tree planter, army medic, and radio announcer, Brent now finds himself working for the Hamilton Public Library and helping other writers find their voice. 

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From the publisher:

When fifteen-year-old Mutton is robbed at gunpoint while working in her mother’s Hamilton thrift store, the thief makes off with an item that Mutton knows isn’t meant for him, hurling her and her family into a summer of remarkable and heartbreaking events. From fighting unscrupulous developers to first loves to the anguish that comes from never knowing what your final words to a loved one might be, Saints, Unexpected reminds us of the magic that comes with each opportunity to begin again.

To learn about Brent’s upcoming books, visit his website.


“Van Staalduinen has crafted a warmhearted novel that succeeds both as an empathetic portrait of a fictional family and as a stirring tribute to the real-life city in which their story is set.”

The Banner

Saints, Unexpected is not only a masterful evocation of the simple complexities of family life, it’s also a moving tribute to a city and to those who have struggled to save it. Brent van Staalduinen has a sure eye and a powerful voice.”

Wayne Grady, author of  Up From Freedom

“The details of Hamilton’s downtown core are as delicate and unforgettable as his characters themselves—this is a novel filled with hope, both as gritty and as gentle as the city it explores.”

Amanda Leduc, author of Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space